Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and a workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused. So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.
Sunday, we continued our series at Kfirst. Last year, we took 6 weeks to bring a focus on something that far too many people do not understand: our emotions. It’s our emotional state that people can go into one of two extremes. On one hand, people can live completely in the wake of their emotions. They’ll operate not at a state of truth but in the pace of their passion for that day. On the other hand, there are those that completely disregard their emotions as if they were a curse or a weakness. It is as if emotions are something to endure in this life on earth instead of seeing them for which God sees them.
What I see in scripture is that our emotions are, first, a gift from God. They are part of our humanity. Second, if they are a gift, then we have a responsibility to steward (manage) them. This takes emotional discipleship; growing what we have deeper in the knowledge and passion for Christ.
Sunday, Pastor Matt Ray brought a great message to our church community on the subject of grief. Not only is this something that every one of us face, but recently, this is something that Pastor Matt has been journeying through personally. Last night, I got a chance to listen to the message on our Kfirst Facebook page and I think you need to check it out.
Check out his message here:
Other thoughts from Sunday:
- Grief is internal, mourning is external.
- Increase our tolerance for the unknown.
- Understand closure is a myth.
- Practice new rituals.
- Grief is best done in community.
- Next steps:
- Find someone to share your grief with.
- Continued reading: John 11, Ruth, Psalms of Lament
- Authors: David Kessler, Pauline Boss, Nancy Guthrie
- Find a Christ-centered Counselor
Love you all. Have an amazing week.