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, we dove into this issue of envy. Both Shakespeare and Mark Twain spoke of being “green with envy” or being “bitten by the green monster.” But it was a Greek poet Sappho in 7 B.C. who wrote about being make “green” by envy. It was of the belief of that day that envy produced infection inside that produced a pale or a “green” complexion on the outside.
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Other thoughts from Sunday:
- Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have in Christ!
- ENVY: pain caused by the desire for the advantages of others.
- JEALOUSY: pain caused by the fear of losing our advantages to others.
- Envy only works when we give it power and permission.
- When we stop comparing ourselves to other people, we become confident in who God made us to be and focused on what He is doing in our lives.
- Contentment is not what’s in your hands but what’s in your heart.
- Live from contentment.
- Show gratitude.
- Celebrate the lives of others.
- Live in the right “shadow.”
- Don’t live in the shadow of comparison but the shadow of the cross.
Love you all. Have an amazing week.