“You go from one extreme to another!”
(I was oft berated and criticised thus.)
“An emotional roller-coaster.”
(I even wrote a poem about this part of my personality. –
‘Emotional Roller Coaster‘ – LINK https://wordpress.com/post/dawnfanshawe.wordpress.com/3)
‘All or nothing’ was another description spoken over me.
Some of this was extreme (but natural) reactions to childhood pain – my way of coping with the experienced I faced, and my responses to those hurts and disappointments.
When we experience painful situations, over which we have no control, we often take extreme measures to protect our hearts from further pain.
I praise God that, over many years, the Lord has been softening my heart, breaking down my walls, healing me of old pain, and setting me free from my sinful judgments and responses I made.
Little by little, I am coming out of agreement with lies that have held me captive, and with vows that have bound and limited me.
Addictions have been broken, thanks be to God, and new desires and paths are opened up, but I can’t yet say that I am moderate! It may be a personality thing.
What comes to mind (optimistically perhaps), is the Lord exhorting us to be hot or cold, for He wants to spew out our lukewarm-ness. (Forgive my paraphrase, whilst I find the reference).
So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
God is passionate in His love and His compassion and He wants us to be passionate and generous in our compassion and love too – for Him and for one another.
If we are a bit lukewarm, we can inadvertently fall into compromise and into building a house of own choosing.
We may miss the exciting destiny to which God has called us and for which He made us.
What are you passionate about?
(Fan into flame image)
2 Timothy 1:6
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
Talk to God about it and see if He wants to fan that passion back into flame!
Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one-word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is EXTREME.