What do you do when you are irked?
Jonathan Edwards was a man who exercised self-control. He was on a mission to be disciplined in every area of his life. This included both outward issues–like drinking and eating [Resolution #20])–as well as inward issues such as emotions. Resolution #60 reads, “Resolved, whenever my feelings begin to appear in the least out of order, when I am conscious of the least uneasiness within, or the least irregularity without, I will then subject myself to the strictest examination.” What do you do when you are irked? Send an email (as a principal, I regularly receive emails from irked individuals)? Toss a txt msg at someone? Kick the family dog? Lash out at your spouse? Edwards was resolved to ensure that his emotional life glorify God. He wanted to feel to God’s glory. He wanted to inwardly act and react to outward circumstances in such a way that pleased the Lord. What an example for us! Without a doubt, 2011 will be filled with opportunities for each of us to glorify God with our feelings! The emotional roller coaster of the new year begins one second after midnight (hopefully that first emotion will be excitement, joy, praise, etc.). From that moment on, may the next twelve months prove that we are in control of our emotions rather than prove that our emotions are in control of us!
PS–You can find the link to a copy of Edwards’ Resolutions on the Quick Takes page.