Recently I was able to sit down and watch the move Inside Out. I had heard mixed reviews about the movie. More good than bad. Those that liked the movie really liked the movie.
My four-year-old told me that she wasn’t sure if I would like it because there was a lot of crying in the movie. (Apparently I don’t like it when animated characters cry.)
Honestly, I loved the movie. I thought Disney did a great job with this movie and loved that it focused more on sadness than other emotions. I also thought they did a good job showing the balancing act of emotions.
After watching the show I started wondering what emotion drives me more often than not. We all know there are more emotions than were in the movie. I think it is important to be intentional on what emotion you want to drive you.
I could say I want it to be joy, but is that the over arching emotion fueling my life. Like most people, ok all people, my day is filled with different emotions. Life is not about only having one emotion but rather about making sure you are balancing those emotions properly. Honestly though, emotions shouldn’t be driving you.
In his book, The Emotion Driven Life, Dr. Bill Purvis wrote, “Emotion driven people always miss out on the best experiences.” He goes on to write, “God didn’t create you to be imprisoned by your emotions.” This is so true, yet as a pastor I see so many people being controlled by their emotions rather than by God’s will for their life. I’ve done it as well. There are times that you know your emotions are not reality but it doesn’t change how you feel.
So what do you do when this happening? You take a moment of introspection. Determine what emotion is driving you and why. The why is important. This allows you to make a plan to shift directions. This allows you to live in the reality of your situation rather than the illusion of just how you feel. You should live your life intentionally. Don’t do life on autopilot. Autopilot is not intentional living.
What emotions are driving you today?
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