A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak to some high school interns at our local church.
For some this would seem like a great opportunity to pour into the next generation.
And it was.
But for me, speaking in front of people is difficult.
Like really difficult.
My emotions were all over the place. I knew God was opening a door for me to face my fears, but my thoughts and feelings were taking control.
All the what if’s began to plague my mind.
What if I mess up? What if I forget what I’m going to say?
My feelings were telling me to back down and sit this one out.
Have you ever been in a situation where your emotions took over?
As I read Neca’s post this week, I was reminded of the importance of why we can’t let emotions rule us.
Anxiety is just one emotion that can entangle and choke the life out of you. So does depression, so does anger. As I’ve mentioned before emotions are meant to inform us – they are indicators to tell us what is wrong in our environment that we may need to change.
Usually the “change” that’s needed is a change in our perspective. And this is what God intended for our emotions – to draw us back to Him. He made no mistake in our design by implanting us with feelings.
He wants us to know Him as our Comforter when we are depressed, as the All Sufficient One when we are afraid, and as the God of Peace when we are angry.
What stops us from experiencing God in those ways is that we have allowed our emotions to become our god.
Her last sentence was an eye opener for me….
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She goes on to tell us 4 ways we can gain control over our emotions and allow God to work. You can read more of her post How to Keep Emotions from Controlling Your Life on her blog.