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Note: I’m going to try to do a synopsis/commentary of each chapter as we cover them. Reading this won’t capture everything in the book, or be nearly as enjoyable as reading the book, so still: read the book, please.



“An Invitation to Imperfect Progress”


The subtitle to the book Unglued (by Lysa TerKeurst) is “Making wise choices in the midst of raw emotions”. This book is about how to deal with emotions. So what exactly is an emotion?

Just some definitions I pulled from the web:
The Free Dictionary -- “a mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes”
Oxford Dictionary -- “a strong feeling deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with other people”
Merriam-Webster -- “a conscious mental reaction subjectively experienced as strong feeling”

The underlying thread: emotions are a reaction to our circumstances.

But before we go through how to change and control our emotions, we first have to understand how we’re supposed to approach the struggle to control our emotions. Self-control is difficult, especially when you’re trying to control emotions which come “spontaneously” from circumstances. And I know I’m not perfect...and to be honest, no one is. So we’re not going to be able to snap our fingers and change. I really wish we could. But we can’t. Then comes the thought: “Well, if I can’t [instantly] change, then what’s the point of trying?” That’s where Mrs. TerKeurst introduces the idea of...imperfect progress.

Imperfect Progress: “slow steps of progress wrapped in grace.”

Mrs. Terkeurst explains this concept by relating that every time our circumstances are inconvenient or unfavorable, we won’t always react in a godly way. But that is no excuse for not trying. And we don’t have to be afraid to fail because of God’s unfathomable grace.

“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Hebrews 4:16 NASB

 

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