If you we want to succeed in life, we must learn how to master our moods. When we’re dealing with an emotion that’s holding us back, we’ve got two options: we either change it, or we direct it.
Some emotions are so destructive, so damaging, so hurtful, so non-effective, the only thing we can do is change it. We’ve got to change what we’re feeling.
Philippians 2:5 says, “Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ”.
Our attitude includes our emotions, so what we’re feeling should be the same as that of Jesus. We need to ask ourselves, “How would Jesus feel in this situation? Would Jesus get irritated with this waitress? No. Would Jesus yell at that person? No. Would Jesus be up all night, wringing his hands and worrying that it isn’t going to work out? No. Would Jesus be fearful? No.”
Then, we instantly dismiss any feeling that doesn’t make us more like Jesus. If Jesus wouldn’t respond to our spouse with that emotion, then we shouldn’t either. We drop that attitude, and we figure out what Jesus would do instead.
Sometimes we need to direct what you’re feeling.
Our greatest ministry will not come out of our strengths and successes. Our greatest ministry could come out of our deepest pain. What pain in your life are you using for good? If you have been in so much pain you didn’t even want to talk about it, then you need to learn to manage your emotions. You need to name the emotion, challenge it, and direct it if you’re not going to change it. Then, you use it for good.
My Challenge for us today is to do our best to CHOOSE to direct our emotions to positive ministry.