These phrases used to all be part of my inner dialogue, and a major part of my believe system.
Some other lies I believed were, . . .
If you "feel" you hurt.
If you cry you are weak.
If you show emotions you will fail.
No one told me these lies or forced them upon me. In fact, no one talked about emotions at all really, and you know what? We still don't.
Even in the church I feel we sugar coat some of our sadness and pain with this phrase especially, . . . "Well, so and so has it worse." Can I, just for a moment, let you know that there is no scale on emotional pain. If you hurt, you feel because you are alive. Yes, someone may have it worse, but that doesn't diminish your hurt. There is no scale! (blog post in the works on that one).
First off, I do believe that God will help us, fight for us, and guide us. He also has an amazing ability to find something in a horrible events that can bring us clarity, or help us shine for Him even brighter. But if we thought about it for a moment, can we recognize that maybe sometimes we, or people we know, use statements to brush off, or aside the pain they are really feeling. And a lot of times we let them, cause lets be honest, sometimes emotions make us uncomfortable. So uncomfortable that so many of us apologize for them, (yes, I'm raising my hand, me too). There are many days that I wanna say bring on the Novocain, and numb it all up again. Because truth be told, feeling is hard, messy, and gosh darn it hurts! But if I could remind you of a verse that the Lord has reminded me of time and time again lately,
John 11:35 Jesus wept.
Yep, the Creator Himself "felt".
I truly believe when we unnumb, and stop apologizing for feeling, we can have a deeper relationship with Our Heavenly Father and who He created us to be.
So what do you say?
Will you start to feel with me?