Loved this chapter!! This chapter is kind of divided into two parts. I have written up the whole post, but since the attention span of humans keeps reducing, I’ll post the second part tomorrow – 41 days of purpose. I just gave you jara.
Five Most Common Negative Emotions That [Could] Drive Your Life
Guilt: These people are manipulated by memories and spend their entire lives running from regrets and shame. From the bible, Cain is a perfect example. In Genesis 4:14b he says, “I will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” If you’re filled with too much guilt, cry out to God and remind Him of His word in Psalm 32:1 &2. “Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be as you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean. Count yourself lucky for God holds nothing against you and you’re holding nothing back from him.” Confess to Him, repent, and He will wash your guilt away!
Resentment and Anger: I’m not going to be insensitive. I’m aware some people can hurt us so much that we want to pray them dead! We don’t want ANYTHING to do with them! For you to be able to find your purpose, you need to forgive. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean you have to be friends with them. People have wronged me – I’ve forgiven them, but blocked them from all ways they can contact me. Forgiveness is not having to buy them a drink, it’s about releasing it to God, and praying for His peace to overwhelm you! In fact, many people who have hurt you have forgotten about it and moved on with their lives. You staying angry at them gives them the power to still upset you. Job 5:2 says, “to worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.” Let it go darling!
Fear: I have an unreal PHOBIA of dogs, or animals in general! (I’ve tried to get over it, but I’ve failed! I will take tips on how to get over it. Leave in the comment section, please!) I understand what fear is! If this ‘fear’ is about life, people tend to miss out on great opportunities because they’re too scared to venture out. It’s a self-imposed prison that keeps you from becoming what God intends you to be. My absolutely favorite verse in the bible addresses this! John 4:18, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in love.” This perfect love is found in God, but personally I try my best to show people love to give them a taste of what it means to be loved by Christ.
Materialism: When I think of my life in the next few years, I hope I am able to afford just about everything I want. I desire to be financially stable, and very comfortable, see I have a fine eye for the fine things of life, but I do not allow this control my life. God doesn’t like idolatry. Serving an idol is not only in the form of bowing down to a craven image, but it’s whatever you allow control your life! We all want to be comfortable, but try not to find your security in money or earthly possessions.
Real security can only be found in your relationship with God! Please, by all means, aspire for greatness, negotiate your salary, work hard, and buy whatever you want to, if you can afford it. Most importantly, let your security be in Jesus, not in ‘things.’
Need for Approval: Parents have great expectations for their children, but you can’t allow that control your life. Never disregard your parents, but their approval is not the foundation of your life. Don’t dabble into peer pressure. Again, I’m human, I have been through schools, it’s a choice to remain true to oneself, or to follow the crowd. But keep in mind, those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.
One key to failure is trying to please everyone. Matthew 6:24 says, “no one can serve two maters. You will hate one, and love the other. You will be devoted to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and (insert anything you hold to a very high regard).”
Let your approval come from God, and that will lead to a life of purpose, meaning, and direction.
Thank you for taking this journey with me. My prayer is that you’re as blessed as I am. I’m truly uncovering great truths that I will forever hold on to. Remember, if you’re enjoying this journey to purpose, share it with your loved ones. Make discussion groups! If you have questions or want someone to talk to, I’m very reachable! Message me firstname.lastname@example.org or we can talk in the comment section!
I love you! Xoxo.