Got a test for you. What is stronger, a tiger or a man? You know, physically stronger. Correct, a tiger. Who is locked in a cage, a tiger of a man? Tiger, correct again. Well if a tiger is stronger, why is the tiger the one locked up in a cage? Here is a hint…what does the man have that the tiger doesn’t. Gun, trap, tranquilizers, strategy. It all comes from brains. If man uses his intelligence, he can control the tiger. If he doesn’t use his intelligence, the tiger will devour him. The tiger represents our emotions. If you don’t use your intelligence…think…your emotions kill you. Whether it is getting you in trouble with poor judgment, raising your blood pressure and many other physical effects, or interfering with your awareness of God in your situation and applying His instruction, your emotions will harm you. We don’t want to annihilate our emotions, just like the tiger for entertainment, education, edification, we want to keep our emotions around because they do have a significant purpose. Our emotions are a tremendous gift from God, even our “negative” feelings, but that is another devotional.
Today, when you are experiencing some negative feelings, stop and think. Thinking before reacting is always helpful. Ask yourself, “are my feelings controlling my thinking, or is my intelligence controlling my feelings?” Take a deep breath and think about the real problem and a solution. When you are able to think through your emotional states, your level of success during adversity will be dramatically improved. Click here to get a resource to help you understand how to manage your feelings better. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your thoughts on how you who’s stronger, your tiger or man.
Dear Father God, thanks so much for giving me intelligence and my emotions. I confess that I don’t think sometimes and I let my feelings devour my brains, and wow, the damage to others, you, and me is so embarrassing to face sometimes. Help me control my feelings better, and improve my “taking every thought captive.” I pray in the name the perfect role model, Christ Jesus; and all God’s children said, – AMEN!
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
2 Corinthians 10:5
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.