Wow! What a doozy of a week we have had, am I right? The pandemic still rages on and now we witness what has only truly been described as an attempted coup at our nation’s capital building. The political, emotional, and physical unrest that is happening in our country at the moment is beyond unreal.
Something that has been said quite a bit by new sources lately is that we are living in “unprecedented times” and I have to say I agree to an extent. I mean we aren’t the first people in our country to live though a pandemic but we are the first in what would be known as “modern history”. This isn’t the first time there has been political unrest in our country that had everyone questioning when a war might break out, but it has been quite a while since that has happened. I keep thinking to myself that now that we are living through these situations I am realizing the questions I should have taken the time to ask my grandparents and great-grandparents, the ones who lived through these similar situations, just how they managed to survive.
No matter what side of the fence you may find yourself on when it comes to the various situations we are finding ourselves in one thing can be certain, we all have feelings on what is happening with the world today. When it comes to life in the ministry one of the gut reactions tends to be to “stuff it down” and pretend like everything is going just fine. We smile at the members of our congregation or the people in the community and tell people we are happy and fine and “too blessed to be stressed” when the truth of the matter is we are like ducks on a pond. On the surface everything appears to be fine and dandy but underneath we are treading water and barely holding on.
Let me be honest here. It’s a problem. Now do I mean that we should all be 100% doom and gloom 100% of the time? Absolutely not. That is not at all what we should be doing. But we should be allowing ourselves and those we engage with in our lives to be honest, real, and even raw sometimes. The truth of the matter is that we can’t know how to come along side someone and support them if we don’t know what they are truly thinking, feeling, and needing.
This week on The Married and Replanting Podcast Dusty and I tackle this issue. We discuss the importance of feeling our emotions but not allowing ourselves to live in those feelings. We talk about how we try to allow those around us to feel their emotions and what we do to come alongside them and support them. And we remind people that no matter what we all may be feeling God is still on the Throne, God is still in control, and God is still good.
So take a listen and join in on the conversation. Leave us a comment, send us a message, or shoot us an email and let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you!