My emotions are quite raw as of late, but that has given me an opportunity to learn more about myself. After reading “The Obstacle is the Way” I look forward to obstacles, and have realized they are where I get the chance to grow. So being a man of tears has given me this chance to learn more about my heart and grow.
So how do I allow myself to process emotion, while still becoming the man I want to be? Ann Voskamp wrote an amazingly emotional book that I am listening to on audio book entitled “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are”. Five minutes in I was crying (while at the laundromat of course), so be prepared to connect with your emotions. But the thesis of her book is being thankful. We have things to be thankful of all around us, no matter our circumstances. This is not just a prescription to be happy, but something God calls us to do. I truly believe living the way God asks leads to a fuller life, a life of meaning, and this is just one more example of that directive leading to our good.
So what am I thankful for today? I am thankful I can read what God wants to tell me, speak to me about what he thinks of me through the Bible. I got to sit out back of my house, listen to cars drive by, and meditate on Psalm 103. I cried. So powerful. Would like to share it with you:
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
8 The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
19 The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the LORD, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the LORD, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
22 Bless the LORD, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Taken from: https://www.esv.org/Psalm+103/