THE WORD FOR TODAY
Proverbs 28-31 (Click to read Today’s Word)
Proverbs 29:11 11 A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back.
Worries linger over toxic train wreck…was a headline a week after a train carrying toxic chemicals and hazardous materials collided with a semi-trailer near Winnipeg Mannitoba Canada. This train wreck caused a massive evacuation of people because of the imminent threat to area residents.
Who is threatened when the ‘toxic’ fumes of our feelings are allowed to spew out? The wisdom writer said, “A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.” For some this explosion of emotions is tantamount to an episode of Jerry Springer without the body guards to hold people back.
There are some who would contend that it is good and “cleansing” to express all the anger and emotion and feelings. And of course some who say that could be very dangerous. My approach is the Biblical model. Scripture teaches, “A fool vents all his feelings.” I suspect he is talking about someone who…when he starts venting all those “emotions” he does so with no regard to people around him. Innocent people are hurt. Children are scarred with sounds of mom and dad yelling. Neighbors hold their phone in hand ready to call 911 because they know violence is about to take place.
It is important that we deal with our “feelings”. But they must be handled with care. I have a found that talking with a trusted friend and mentor is a powerful way of dealing with feelings that want to explode. Journaling has been a great source of solace for some people. Prayer and meditation are important in managing those powerful but real feelings that build up inside us.
Any of us who are married, working, raising children, paying taxes…really any of us are susceptible to overwhelming feelings that can get the best of us. Before they do…PRAY…talk to a trusted friend…talk with your pastor…seek out a godly counselor if the feelings are OVERWHELMING…I pray that an emotional train wreck is not in your future.
Father, a wise man holds back his feelings…give us wisdom from YOUR powerful presence…In Jesus Name…AMEN!