How emotionally healthy are you?
This is not something many of us often think or talk about, but it’s important! God created us with emotions. Throughout the Bible, we even see God expressing his emotions towards people and ultimately we see Jesus expressing emotions. Just think about the grief he felt when Lazarus died, before he rose him from the dead. Or the righteous anger he felt when the religious were selling stuff in the temple. Or when he looked over the city of Jerusalem with a great sadness and burden for them.
Emotions are NOT bad! I repeat…emotions are NOT bad! They are a part of who we are. But just like anything else, there is a right and a wrong way to process our emotions.
If the past two years have taught me anything, it’s that I have found myself tired and weary! Some of this is my own doing, but some of it is not. Life has just been down right tough at times! And that’s okay.
Our church staff recently walked through a podcast by Pete Scazzero called Discerning God’s Presence in Apparent Failure. I would highly recommend giving it a listen! Even when we feel like we failed, God has been present – through the high’s and the low’s.
The purpose of this blog is to get you thinking about your emotions, but also to point you to an incredible resource.
Pete Scazzero has written many books about emotionally healthy discipleship, spirituality, relationships, and more. Check out his website HERE for some great resources that may help you.
I also want to encourage you to take the Emotionally Healthy Discipleship Personal Assessment! Don’t worry, it’s not as intimidating as it sounds! I took it last night and it was very eye opening. It’s given me a better idea of where I am and where I would like to aim to be emotionally. It only takes 15 minutes and it’s FREE. You won’t regret it, and it may just help you. And who doesn’t need some help and wisdom right now? Don’t be discouraged as you take it. Be encouraged, that you are moving towards growth!
You can take it HERE.
Finally, don’t hesitate to get more help if you need it. Stay connected to your local church. Talk to your spouse, friends and small group. Seek Godly counsel. Go see a Christian counselor. Whatever you need to do! But ultimately, make sure to bring this to Jesus. I promise that he will meet you there!