I don’t claim to be a psychologist or counselor, but I do think that my generation is plagued with loneliness. Through social media, we have constant access to friends, family, and strangers. Yet, we feel that no one truly knows us.
This graph pretty much sums us up:
Let’s play a game to break the ice. Everyone say your name and say an adjective that starts with the same letter of your name. Everyone ready? I’ll start! I am Joyful Joanne!
^^^Raise your hand if you can relate to that situation. What adjective did you use? Amazing Allison? Beautiful Brittany? Charming Courtney? Sweet Sarah?
I’ve always been Kind Kat. It’s generally the only adjective that comes to mind since I am not kyphotic or kittenish or kyrgyzstani (although I may be kooky).
Kind Kat is a bit of a misnomer, though. Most days, I am more fluent in sarcasm and judgment than I am in kindness.
God does not ask me to speak words of sarcasm. He commands me to speak words of grace, charity, and kindness.
Ten Verses for When You Are Feeling Kind
The authors of self-help books (and most calligraphers on Pinterest) constantly tell us that we are enough. We are strong. We are smart. We are brave. We are capable. We are sufficient within ourselves.
Can I propose that maybe we aren’t enough?
I jolted awake as the plane lurched up, down, left, right. While the flight attendants rushed to their seats and buckled in, a voice came over the speaker. “The captain has indicated that we will experience severe turbulence. Please buckle your seat belts.”
Although I consider myself a seasoned air traveler, I gripped the armrests. We were thousands of feet above Mississippi, and the plane was bumping along like a lawnmower in a potato field.
I heard the ding of a call light followed by the same voice on the speaker. “The flight attendants have been asked to stay seated. Please turn off your light unless this is an extreme emergency.”
“That’s it,” I thought. “We are going down. Here I come Jesus!”
I’ve mentioned before how much I love classic Veggie Tales. One of my favorite episodes is King George and the Rubber Ducky. In this episode, which is innocently based off the story of David and Bathsheba, Larry plays the role of King George, a greedy ruler who loves rubber ducks. He has hundreds of perfect bath toys, but he decides that he must have the duck that belongs to one of his loyal subjects.
As I began to write this post, my mind flitted to King George aggressively discarding his ducks and singing about his newfound desire for Thomas’s toy (skip to 3:30 for the scene that I referenced).
Most of us probably do not throw the outrageous tantrum that George did. However, I do think that envy plagues our society. In a world of social media portfolios, we desire to have a life as adventurous, as beautiful, as happy, as exciting, or as perfect as the photos that we see on Instagram.
Ten Verses For When You Feel Envious
In case you missed the introduction to my new Top Ten Tuesday series, you can read it in last week’s post.
There are thousands of scenarios that can make us feel unhappy, disappointed, and even depressed. Even in a state of despair, we are not hopeless.
Ten Verses For When You Feel Bummed
It’s been a long time since I have shared a true Top Ten Tuesday post, but the other night an idea sparked in my head for a new Top Ten Tuesday series.
The English language has hundreds of words to describe how we feel. Depending on the moment, we might feel agitated, amused, angry, amazed, or ambivalent, and we often act on whatever emotion we feel in the moment. The Bible does not condemn emotions. Rather, it shows us how to handle these emotions in the light of eternity.
For the next six months, I am going to move alphabetically through a self-compiled list of feelings. I want to share ten verses that speak to each emotion and discuss our proper response as Christians. By the end of October, we will have a repository of 260 verses.
10 Verses for when you feel anxious.