The Challenge of Balancing Emotions

by Lee Buford on May 3, 2010

There is a definite art to the balancing of human emotions. On second thought, maybe “art” is not the right word…maybe it’s more persistence, attitude, perspective, and faith.

So how do you juggle the ups and downs/high and lows of daily life? For most of us the answer would probably vary to some degree. It is helpful to consider, however, before you get to the point at which you must react.

This is one of those times for me, one of those weeks in life where I will be required to lean on my faith, experience, and decisions to maintain a steady perspective in several areas.

I’ve received some encouraging news about some upcoming plans to go execute professionally. These times are exciting…challenging but rewarding for sure! I am also excited about things I’m seeing in others around me, some great things happening in the lives of friends and family.

On the flip side I have several folks I’m earnestly praying for this week as they are facing tremendous challenges and trials in their own lives. I am praying with full confidence that God will be gracious and merciful in these situations, to these folks, and that He will be glorified in their responses to the particular trials. He is good…always! And always means even in this!

As a result there is a certain balance of emotion required to remain steady, positive, and encouraging in all areas. We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t get too high when things are good or too low when things are bad.” Easier said than done sometimes, right?

Remember this key point: Your emotions and responses matter! They matter to you and they matter to others. Prepare well for the emotional ups and downs you will encounter this week. They will come…both the highs and the lows, and we never know when.

Plan in advance to stand firm on your foundation and react accordingly in each situation. Know what you believe. Know why you believe it. And act as if you believe it.

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