It has often been said that “the glory of God is a human being fully alive.”
To be fully alive means much more than physical health. To be fully alive
means to be able to experience and express emotions in such a way that
life is cherished and embraced as a gift from God.
But emotional health is not easy. We often find ourselves angry and upset, exhausted, fearful, and worried. We go to see a doctor when we are concerned about our physical health. Where can we go when we are concerned about our emotional health?
Each of our pastors has a list of counselors that we can recommend to you. Many persons have found that having a good counselor is one of the best investments for their emotional health.
I know that I can testify from my own experience that having a good counselor is helpful. That’s why I’m so comfortable recommending counseling to others. I’ve learned four very important lessons from counselors about emotional health. I call them the four “R’s.”
* Recognize your feelings
(Until we name our feelings, we can’t deal with our feelings.)
* Reserve margin in your life
(We over-schedule ourselves and wind up exhausted.)
* Reframe your situation
(Instead of seeing your situation as a problem, look at it as an
* Refocus your thoughts
(We can always refocus our thoughts on the truth of God’s word and his promises.)
This coming Sunday we have another “R” that we would like to talk with you about. How “R” you doing? Really …
Hope to see you in church this Sunday. We can talk about it!
Refreshed by His Grace,
H. William Green