At the exponential conference last month I talked about the emotional roller coaster of church planting. When I first began preparing for the talk, the idea was to get OFF the emotional roller coaster. When I finally got to presenting this talk, the idea was to stay ON the coaster and enjoy the ride.
Life is emotional. The only way to get off is to stop doing anything significant, scary, or risk taking. When we get off, we are left standing on the sidelines, watching others while they experience the thrill of the ride.
We are emotional creatures, created in the image of God who I also believe is emotional.
If we are not feeling emotions I think there could be one of several things going on:
- We are denying
- We are avoiding - using stuff to manage our emotions (food is my favorite emotional elixir)
- We are playing life WAY TO SAFE
- We are dead