One thing I am known for is crying at the drop of a pin. I cry at commercials, movie previews, weddings. I even cry if I see a picture of a cute baby or cat. Although those things may seem quite funny, it’s not always funny. Being an overly emotional person doesn’t just mean crying – but it means I also get upset easily and reacting quickly based upon my emotion, not necessarily what is logical or right.
Scripture tells us in James 1:19-20: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.”
I know being quick to anger and get upset is not of God. God gave us emotions as guardrails so we don’t get too off course – but not to live on them. Do you suffer from the same problems? Are you quick to get upset with your spouse, friends or children? Together, I believe that we can overcome this. This is my plan to overcome being managed by my emotions:
- Pray about it. Prayer works and I will devote myself to prayer to not be so quick to react based upon my emotions. If I slip up and react to quickly to something, hurting someone in the process, I will first pray to God and ask for His help and forgiveness and then go to the other person as well.
- Meditate on it. If I think about managing my emotions consistently, it will always be on the top of my mind so I will be more likely to think before I speak or react.
- Continue to grow with God. If I pray, read scripture, do my devotional, attend my Life Group, go to church, (and then put into practice the things I learned at those places) I will continue to grow closer to God and His likeliness. Then hopefully the fruit of the spirit will bear from all of the things I am doing.
We’ve got this – with God’s help, of course!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for always being there to help me grow. I ask that you continue to help me with managing my emotions. Please help become slow to anger and react to a situation that I may not like. Please guide me in the steps you want me to continue to take to help with this. I am sorry for hurting You and for hurting others around me by my reactions. In Jesus’ name, Amen.