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How are you feeling? It’s a common question that usually gets a superficial answer. Yet it reminds us of a very real part of life — emotions.
Emotions are our “inside feelings.” They are important because they often affect our actions. When our thinking is right, our feelings improve. The opposite is also true. A mess in our mind creates a mess in our emotions.
The biggest mistake we make with feelings is letting them lead us, rather than us leading them. Feelings make lousy leaders. They are up and down. They can drag you from one extreme to another one in a matter of minutes. To have a better life we must become better emotional managers.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “manage” this way, “to handle or direct with a degree of skill; to make and keep compliant; to exercise…supervisory direction of.”
Managing emotions is a responsibility you’ve been given. You are responsible for managing your own emotions. You’re the boss of your feelings. You can’t always control what you feel, but you can control what you do with them. Paul the apostle, reminded us of this using the example of anger, he reminded us of our responsibilities to manage our emotions well in Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV) “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”
You have been given the life responsibility of emotional management. Do it well!