I've never experienced such a wide range of emotions as I have over this past year.
Dreams answered and then painfully lost in a moment. Overflowing with joy to experiencing loneliness. Incredibly deep connection to distant memories.
Joy. Sadness. Hope. Despair. Appreciated. Forgotten. Giving. Proud. Grateful. Depleted.
Emotions are one of the greatest mountains you will likely have to conquer. They can hijack your journey--or even your day. Emotions can direct your thoughts, heart message, and soul. They affect how you treat people and yourself.
I am going into this series on some of our most painful and powerful emotions with incredible vulnerability. I know how hard some of these "feels" can be and my hope is that by pulling back the curtain and showing you that difficult emotions are powerfully felt by us all, that you won't feel alone. Or crazy.
But I won't stop at the emotion; I will turn it around and highlight hope. I want to show you--and perhaps even remind myself--that there is hope, like a beacon radiating in the darkness. So that if all you see is the messy emotion in front of you, you might begin to see a crack illuminating something beyond that.
It seems every.single.time I go through a challenging season I turn to this passage.
Giving up isn't an option; not if you want more out of life. Not if you long to be used for the Kingdom of God; to be part of something much bigger and more beautiful than yourself. So don't throw away your trust in Him. Tap into long-term perspective and lean into His will for your life. This is where your purpose lies.
Are you ready to take the journey? Ready to fight your way through some of life's most painful seasons? To face what's hard to get what's good? Next week we'll jump into the first emotion but until then, dive into Hebrews 10 and resolve to give this race all you have.