Category Archives: emotions

The Fine Line Between Arrogance And Humility!

Arrogance is such an ugly word and it is an even uglier attitude. I am ashamed to say that I have allowed this word to become my reality far too many times in my life and living. It is one of those things that can creep up on you before you even realize it’s there. Arrogance puts you in a place of looking down on others even when you are beneath them. It is a very unrealistic view of self and others that causes us to elevate self and lower others.

Most would say that the opposite of arrogance is humility, but we have to be careful with that one, because it is way too easy to have a humility that is fake, counterfeit and not real, which is an even greater form of arrogance.

Philippians 2:3-4 “3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

The reality is that we are all the creation of God and God has given each of us our own unique gifts, talents and blessings. God’s love, grace and power flow into each of our lives and as we learn to live in humility, it flows through our lives to others and brings us a fulfillment like nothing else can.

We have to be very careful not to become arrogant and think of ourselves, better, smarter or more valuable than others. We also have to be careful not to get caught up in a fake humility that does not take into account the value that God in us, places on each one of us. Either extreme is dangerous and keeps us from experiencing the miraculous power we were created in and for.

Take some time today to think about who you are in God as you think about God in you. Also take time to recognize who others are in God and honor God in them. There is a fine line between humility and arrogance and on that line we discover purpose, power and peace…

The Positivity Of Negativity!

Negative Emotions -Everyone of us have them and many of us have no clue what to do about them. I grew up, believing negative emotions were bad and to be avoided at all cost, so I spent most of my life trying to not have them, only to realize that I was fighing a losing battle. So I did the next best thing I could think of and that was to pretend they did not exist, which was really a great big mistake, because then they kick your behind and leave you laying on the side of the road for dead.

It has taken me many years, but I have finally started to learn that the best things to acknowledge them, own them and most importantly – to learn from them. Negative emotions are feelings that usually generate an attitude of being sad or mad and can cause you to not want to be around others, act out in detremental ways or retreat and isolate yourself from life. If left unchecked, negative emotions can lead to being miserable, depressed and even dangerous, but if acknowledged and ultimatley owned, they can become some of our greatest teachers, leading us to discover incredible things about our life and it’s living.

I will not take the time to go into all the ugly details here, but there have been several times in my life, when the negative emotions started to get the best of me. I have “felt” that list up above in the picture and been weighted down to the place that I thought I was going to drown under the weight of it. In fact, there have been times when I felt I was ready to give up and sink to my no more.

As I look back on all those terrible, horrible and ugly times, the interesting thing is that no matter how dark my lremedy have gotten, there was always a light. It may have been a very small speck at the end of the tunnel, but it has always been there. At times shining bright as a beacon for others and at others times, just a little speck, a gentle reminder that even though I may feel like it, I am not alone.

God created me and gave me my life, but this human experience is not all that there is. Wayne Dyer says that we spend our lives as human beings looking to have a spiritual experience, when in reality we are spiritual beings getting to have a human experience.

If you were just paying attention, then I revealed the secret to learning from and overcoming your negative emotions, rather than having your negative emotions overcome you. Did you catch it? Let me just tell you – PERSPECTIVE MATTERS! How you look at things and how you see things matter and if you are looking as a human being, then you are defeated, but if you are looking as a spiritual being, then the negative emotions that are allowed to come into your life, must have some higher purpose???

This is why the Scriptures teach us: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” -2 Timothy 1:7 As spirtual beings God has given us power, love and self-control. Individually all of these are magnificent and powerful gifts, but collectively they allow us to live, grow and develop on a whole new level.

Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation because He is trying to change your heart. This is why God allows the negative to flow into our life, because we have the power to learn from it and change it into something much more powerful, enabling us to experience the things only experienced by the divine. We can live the lower levels of humanity and be controlled by the negative emotions of life or we can live at the higher levels of the spirit and discover unlimited and supernatural power to do the miraculous – your choice???