Recovery: It's a God Thing
Thursday August 16, 2018
by Teresa McBean
Scripture Reading for today: Jeremiah 41; 1 Samuel 26 and 27
I have the greatest life! I get to listen and learn from all sorts of smart and cool people every day. Yesterday I asked one of my favorite therapists what he thinks makes for a healthy family. I loved his answer. He said healthy and unhealthy families have the same kinds of problems, crises, etc. but healthy families: name their problems, expect to find a solution, grow in their awareness of both individual and family system “weaknesses,” search for solutions, and do all of this with honesty and respect.
He went on to say that lots of this is about learning how to cope effectively (as opposed to in a maladaptive way) with strong emotions and serious issues. Whew! My family often exhibits strong emotions (some negative) and serious issues. I’m encouraged to hear that we’re…sort of…normal. I’m glad normal doesn’t mean perpetually perky!
God tells us about emotions in lots of places in scripture (both by implication and through direct teaching). Here are a few places that I’ve found personally helpful: 2 Timothy 1:7, 2:14 and verses 23 and 24; James 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:26-27, 31-32; Philippians 4:2-9; James 4:1-10; Matthew 5:21-26.
Are you able to identify both your strengths and weaknesses in the area of emotions? Can you honestly name your problems? Do you expect, and are you eagerly seeking, solutions to your life struggles? Are you dealing with all your interpersonal relationships honestly and respectfully? If not, you’re harming.