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INTRODUCTION: If a genuine friend asks you, ''how are you doing, really?'' most of you would typically answer in terms of what is the dominant emotion that you are experiencing in that particular moment or the emotion that has most gripped you in recent days. Right?
You see - we do not appraise our life experience in terms of ledger sheets. I don't care how practical you are - you are an emotional creature. So, if someone says, ''How are you doing?'' you don't say, ''Well I own a car, my credit score is 710, I can do 20 pull ups''. No - we track those things, but when we are asked, ''How are you doing?'' OR if we ask ourselves, ''how am I doing''. We typically melt and merge all of those things down to the essence of emotions. In other words, instead of answering, ''how am I doing'' we answer, ''how am I feeling''.
One of the greatest truths I have discovered over the course of my journey with Christ is that emotions are NOT random, spontaneous occurrences that happen TO US. But they are the result of a recipe. They are something you are constantly cooking up.
You make decisions, you believe certain things, you feed you mind with certain things - those are the ingredients. External circumstances are the heat added to the mixture… and the result is an Emotional Stew of sorts.
If you are consistently experience good, healthy, redemptive emotions - it's no one's fault but your's. If you are not happy with your emotional state - good news! You have the power to change it.
Your heart is YOUR'S to manage - and it's very important that you learn to manage your heart, your emotional center, intentionally.
Proverbs 4:23 (ESV)
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Emotions are the sum total of life
Emotions are the result of recipe we put together
Emotions CAN be modified for good or bad based on the ingredients we add or remove.
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