Proverbs 12:25 (ESV)
Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
Imagine you’re about to walk out the door. You’ve got on a new shirt. You catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror as you pass by it. Not bad! Looking pretty good today. Feeling pretty good, too! It’s gonna be a great day.
You get to work or school, feeling confident, and someone sarcastically says, “New shirt?” followed by a snort, eye roll, and a group of others chuckling and walking away from you. Ouch. Good mood over.
Or, imagine this. You’ve had a horrible day. Failed a test or got a bad year end review at work. Got laughed at. Your head hurts. You have another test or another evaluation tomorrow, but you still have no idea what to even study or say.
And then, you get a text from your friend. “You seemed sad today. Don’t be! I believe in you. Hang out later?” Best. Text. Ever! Bad day over.
Emotions are powerful, powerful things. They can make or break a person. Your positive attitude and emotions can be life-giving. They’re contagious! You can really make a big difference in someone’s life just by smiling and sharing your kindness with them.
But remember, your negative and hurtful emotions can be contagious, too. When you’re feeling sarcastic, angry, sad, whatever, find a way to ask for help. Be careful you’re not killing the mood of everyone around you. Find someone who can give you a kind word. Don’t be the one to stir up arguments. Be the patient one whose kindness can calm everyone around you!
Dear Lord, help us to get a handle on our emotions and not let them ruin our day or the day of those around us. Help us to fully trust in You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.