As spiritual leaders, we regularly speak to others about issues in their lives. However, we often fail to examine some of these same issues as they relate to ourselves. Perhaps the most significant disconnect is in the area of emotional health.
Being emotionally healthy means living a life of wholeness, balance and contentment – even when we’ve experienced difficult and painful circumstances that can leave us feeling, burned out wounded and betrayed. Each of us goes through difficult seasons personally and in ministry. In fact, God’s word clearly tells us that we will face trials, tribulations, times of temptation and set-backs – along with the possibility of growing weary and wanting to give up.
Have you been there? I know I have at times in my life and journey with the Lord. But the good news is, God doesn’t want us to remain stuck or to give up. He promises to bring us through – if we will allow the Holy Spirit to work in us.
God never intended for us to simply survive the circumstances we encounter. He wants to take us beyond survival to revival, allowing us to live again. Even more, He wants us to thrive.
How can we press the reset button on our emotions for 2019?
First, be honest with yourself and with God. What has crept into your heart this past year (or at any time in the past) that has set you up to be an emotionally unhealthy leader?
Be willing to deal with the issues that you’re struggling with so the Lord can bring you to a place of healing and restoration. Choose to let go of any hurts, disappointments and offenses, and forgive those who have wronged you.
Cast all your anxiety, weariness and cares on the Lord, and allow Him to care for you. (Matthew 11:28, 1 Peter 5:7)
Determine that you will enter 2019 with a revived heart, refreshed and ready to thrive … not by might, not by power, but by the Holy Spirit.