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This month has taken on its own theme - unintentionally on my part. The theme topic of GIFTS developed. Today's post is about The Gift of Emotions.
I have a new favorite movie. I know I'm a little late in the game, but I missed it in the theater, so I had to wait. I finally got to see it and fell in love with it!! I have to say, I identified with Joy. I'm not as overjoyed as she is all the time, but I identified with her need to make everything happy and okay. She's so good at it, and of course, we want to be joyful as much as we can! One side of my family (I won't say which ;-)) prides themselves on coping by denial, and I have to say, that works just fine for me. Ha. I know that's not always the best policy, though, which Sadness in "Inside Out" expertly demonstrates on a couple of occasions, helping to develop the theme of the movie.
It seems that the message we always get as Christians is that we are to be joyful all the time. I understand this. When we fully comprehend what Jesus did for us, how can we be anything BUT joyful?! However, we are human, and even Jesus wept. I know we are supposed to have self-control and be slow to anger, and jealousy and pride are negative. We should be free from anxiety and fear because God is in control. We know all this, but what if we considered our emotions as gifts? Maybe sadness helps us feel empathy for others, anger motivates us to fight against injustice, gratitude helps us give thanks, joy inspires us to celebrate God's goodness, fear keeps us from complacency, and so on.
While we want to spend a lot of time with Joy, it seems okay to let Sadness (and even Anger and Fear occasionally - you should probably tell Disgust to cool it, though) sit beside us once in a while. It can help us and others heal. And hopefully, before you get too comfortable there, you'll wipe away your tears, stand up, and head in the right direction, with Joy trailing right behind you.
"A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away..." - Ecclesiastes 3:4-6