The Roller Coaster Ride
By Grace Custer
Do you like to ride on roller coasters? I must confess that they- and other “wild” rides- terrify me! I am not exaggerating! Whenever I have been “talked into” riding on a roller coaster, I am just sure I will die before the ride is over! (Now you know why I have promised myself never to ride on one again!) Nonetheless, I know some girls (my daughter, for one) who think roller coasters are GREAT FUN! (How can something so scary be called, “fun?”)
Anyway, have you ever felt like your feelings were taking you on an emotional “roller coaster” ride? Have you ever noticed how you can be happy- almost giddy- one minute, and then sad or even depressed the next? Have you ever felt “down in the dumps,” and you didn’t even know why? If you are a typical girl, you know exactly what I’m talking about, because you have experienced all these emotions.
You know, emotions really are a good thing. It just seems like God made girls with a LOT of them, doesn’t it? As females, we must learn how to let the Lord be in control of our feelings, instead of us. Sometimes, a girl can even make her family members feel they are on the same “ride,” just because of her mood swings! This kind of behavior is rude, selfish, and just plain unfair.
The next time you find yourself feeling sad, worried, grouchy, or even giddy, try praying like this: “Lord, take control of my emotions right now.” If you will learn to commit your feelings to the Lord, you will find out you won’t have to go on so many emotional roller coaster rides, and neither will the people around you!
Train yourself to think on the right kind of things. Philippians 4:8 lists a lot of good things to “think on.” Also read 2 Timothy 1:7, which says, “…God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” He wants our mind and emotions to be under control of the Holy Spirit, and they can be!