I must have hit a vein with my last post.
Wow! What a lot slew of emails the topic of emotions generated. God has healed the emotions of women across the country! Praise God!
A few days ago, Jennifer Beckham was featured on the James Robison show. She shared an insightful phrase that forever changed how I view my emotions. Years ago, as a Disney princess, her job required her to be bubbly, exuberant and full of life. Well, one day, she didn’t “feel” like any of those emotions. Beat down by the rigors of life, she expressed her despondency to her manager: “I don’t feel like a princess!” she said “and I don’t feel like being here today!”
His response will wonderfully haunt me for the rest of my life.
Instead of gentle words laden with pity, he said something like:
“Who ever asked you you to feel? You were chosen to do this job, go wash your face and change your attitude.”
This really resonated. Feelings are so overrated. People hinge their entire lives on their feelings. You don’t feel in love anymore, so you get divorced. Don’t feel like your church is doing if for ya, so you leave. Don’t feel like being a parent any longer, so you jet. We give too much power to our feelings, don’t you think?
Recently, I was invited to minister before a large group of people.
My emotions were affecting my Godly confidence level and not in a good way.
The event was such a huge deal that I didn’t tell anyone about it – in case I flubbed it. (Can you say P-R-I-D-E).
Anyway, I came close to canceling. But the words of Susan Beckham’s manager rang loudly in my spirit “who cares how I feel?” I was chosen to do something, so I changed my attitude. “ In the end, God was glorified. (Isn’t that what it’s all about anyway?)
As you go through the days ahead, be aware of how your emotions impact the various sectors of your life and ministry. Remember, you are chosen to do a job on this earth, your feelings are of little consequence, so wash the tears away and change that attitude, Girl.
I Peter 2:9 (You’re chosen to do a job)
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
2 Samuel 12:20 (Wash the tears away and get it together)
Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.
I Peter 1: 13:16 (Change your attitude)
13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance