Please don’t freak out.

Sounds like a weird title.  Especially since sometimes I freak out.

Like when? Like the time recently I received news that thrilled me.  I jumped up and down on the conference room chairs at church and hit the ceiling tiles and made a mess as stuff fell from the ceiling onto the table.

Or, like the time when Lexi’s school called me and left me a polite voice mail that they did not have record of her attendance when she had gotten on the bus. 

Both of those things cause some freaking out, to be sure.

I want to address the simple tendency we have to freak out about things.  Here are some examples:

Stressful situations, crisis, indecision, the unexpected, and the unknown.

What I’m NOT SAYING is that emotions are not allowed.  We must process our emotions in order to stay healthy.  Suppressing our emotions can really cause us to become basket cases.

What I AM SAYING is that extreme emotions really aren’t helpful. Think about it: in a life or death situation, when was the last time someone who was hysterical was credited with reacting in a way that made the situation better? When was the last time anyone profited from someone going off on someone about something that didn’t go their way? Has losing your grip and hitting something ever helped anyone (besides the plaster repair people)? And, when has constant anxiety ever brought about spiritual growth?

There is a lot of wisdom in the simple verse many people know.  The Bible says in James 1:19:

New International Version (©1984)
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry

Living this way and applying this truth especially to difficult situations can bring God peace and comfort into a situation in very practical ways. Those who are able to genuinely manage their emotions and handle them well can avoid the extremes that cause so much up and down, and so much negative reaction.  Extreme emotions also cause a lot of hurt and regret.

So, pray for God’s peace.  Seek to live it.  And please, the next time something comes your way that is stressful, unexpected, crisis-level, etc. DON’T FREAK OUT.

Gal 5:22 …”and the fruit of the spirit is . . . peace . . . “

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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