From Part 1 - A very close friend from my school newspaper wrote the following paragraphs for a school discussion on life. I asked her for permission to put it in as a introduction to this two part series on emotions and she gladly gave the permission.
- No one has made an effort to show that they really care about me. I feel unloved; therefore, no one really loves me.
- I keep messing up… I feel like I just can’t do anything right. I feel worthless; therefore, I must be worthless.
- I’m depressed and everything I’ve tried has failed to help me. I feel hopeless; therefore, there must be no hope for me.
The above are just a few examples of how emotions can negatively influence how we view ourselves and our circumstances, but emotions can also positively or negatively impact how we look at others and the world around us. Emotions are so powerful that they, when dwelt upon and allowed to become deeply rooted, can mold our very own belief systems.
Once a person believes something is true, they inevitably act on that belief, whether they realize it or not. The question is… are emotions an accurate gauge for what is true?
Part 2 - So, are emotions an accurate gauge for determining what is true and what is not? Should we trust them to make larger decisions or to guide our life?
Well, as I’ve noted many other times on this site, emotions are just about the least reliable tool in our life to rely on. Emotions change extremely quickly and are based upon the circumstances of one’s life right then. They are unreliable and shaky. Trusting in them is a very big mistake and can lead down many paths of which few return. Cliche but true.
Trusting in emotions is kind of like trusting in a metal chain holding you above a fire pit. You know the chain will hold and you will be okay . . . but what if one of the metal chains decides, because of the circumstance, it wishes to be made of ice. Well, that ice melts and you plunge into the fire.
Emotions do the same thing because they change according to your circumstances. But, your emotions don’t change in the right way, like they should. Instead, when things heat up they turn to that chain made of ice . . . and they fail. So, never rely on your emotions to guide you throughout life. Rely on Christ, because He is your strength and fortitude; not a chain made of indecisive links.