In light of the message I gave this past weekend at Elevation Church, I’m reposting this from a year ago. Let’s dialogue today about how we can remember our reactions determine our reach- even in the everyday moments of life.
Like Pastor Steven says at the end of my message, it’s all about making that next step of progress. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and advice today.
I once had a toy car that had a twist knob on it’s bumper. With each twist the tension inside the car ratcheted higher and higher so by the time I released it on the floor, the car went buzzerk. It shot across the floor with no regard to anything in its path. It jammed into things only to reverse its direction and ram into something else. Nothing stood a chance in its wake until the tension knob inside untwisted completely and the car slowed to a halt.
Sometimes I feel like I have that same kind of twist knob inside my heart. I let things build inside until I’ve been twisted one to many times and then wham! Off I go in an emotional fit with no regard to anything in my path.
You won’t see this in me because I’m good at managing this with the world at large. And even if you do some things that twist my knob three or four times, I’ll probably just have a simple conversation with you where things can get cleared up. And if they don’t clear up, then I’ll reason we’re too different to be in close community and I’ll just quietly distance myself from you while the churning emotions subside.
All of this is totally hypothetical because you know of course this would never happen to you and me.
But it does happen with those I live with on a daily basis.
Do you ever struggle with this? What causes your tension knob to twist, twist, twist? Have you found any simple, practical strategies for releasing the tension of the twisty knob before it sends our emotions ramming and jamming into those closest to us?