February 8, 2018 – Thursday
Proverbs 10:8; 16:21 [KJV] The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall… The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
Part of my challenge in serving others is the fact that I face not only physical and spiritual trials – but emotional ones as well. In the tedious but necessary processes of problem-solving, relation-building, and affirming community with others at work, it is easy to lose control of emotions and say things that should not be said. Part of it comes from fatigue, and part of it comes from working in an open, democratic culture. Regardless, it remains easy to let emotional control unravel.
Does this happen to you? Perhaps to coworkers or supervisors? In trying to serve citizens? At meetings? Over the phone? I bet it does. While studies show only 6% of job performance comes from intellectual and cognitive abilities, nearly 30% comes from emotional intelligence.
Scripture affirms that God wants you and me to be aware of the damage done by letting emotional control unravel. When our hearts become disobedient, we become pratting fools. This disrupts our ability to serve Him and His people in His workplace. But when we obey and control our emotions, we think before acting – and this permits our words and actions to be wise.
Today, let not your emotional control unravel at work. Be obedient in your heart – be aware of your mood, say a “bullet” prayer to preempt disruptive emotional responses, take a few deep breaths when you must. Know He is watching you, and He is there to calm you down.
Whatever happens today at work, let sweetness come from your lips. In the fire of battle, let not your emotional control unravel. It will not be easy, but being wise in heart glorifies Him!
Father, thank You for the many gifts You provide me to serve others. Keep me focused today on how I can align my emotions with Your glory. Give me strength and wisdom to remain in emotional control. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.
Richard J. Conroy, Ph.D.
Department of Criminal Justice
Dallas Baptist University
Dallas, Texas USA