Ancient Wisdom

balance-rock“Let anyone who thinks he stands take heed, lest he fall.”

I’ve been reflecting this past couple days on thoughts that seem to be summed up in this statement.  I’m working through a book called the Emotional Healthy Church by Pete Scazzero.

The main takeaway for me has been the incredible need that all leaders have to make sure they’ve taken a good look at their emotional health.

I would say in my limited experience that we give very little attention to this area of health.   Really.  I believe in leadership circles, both in and out of  “the church” we give it lip service but there is a sense that really focusing on emotional health is a weakness, or it’s too touchy-feely, or it’s simply not for us.    There’s a underlying current that people who would focus on anything having to do with serious emotional introspection need counseling and somehow have “problems.”

Like the rest of us don’t.   I guess maybe that’s the point.   Take a good hard look on your emotional state of being.   Do some reflection.   Take a day or a morning to fast and pray and find out if there’s some areas to shore up here.   I would say I’m a fairly stable emotional person but after reading this and spending some time in prayer, I’m “readjusting” my perspective.  🙂

When compared with the emotional health of Jesus, I’d have to say, I’ve got some growing to do.  Here’s a list for Scazzero’s book.

  • Jesus was greatly disturbed in spirt and deeply moved
  • Jesus wept at the gravesite of Lazarus and over teh city of jerusalem
  • Jesus was angry with his disciples
  • Jesus was furious at the crass commercialism in the temple
  • Jesus showed astonishment
  • Jesus had an emotional longing to be with the twelve apostles
  • Jesus had compassion for widows, lepers and blind men

More to come on this topic as I finish the book.  I have a feeling that I’ll be parked on some of this material for a while and I sense that personally I will be doing some introspection on it for sure.

I’d be curious of how this idea of “Emotional Health” stacks up with thoughts from Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence.  I’ve not had a chance to read that yet, but will as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.  Our local library doesn’t have it!  Lame.

2 Responses to “Ancient Wisdom”

  1. 1 Rhett Smith February 23, 2009 at 9:24 pm


    i have that book on my shelf and after reading your post, I need to pick it up and start reading it.

    you are so right, it is an area of our life that is greatly ignored, and which can lead to a lot of spiritual trouble I believe.

    I like the list by Scazzero that you posted.

    It seems like everything is connected. Exercise for physical health, emotional health, spiritual health like practicing certain disciplines. Balance seems to be the key, but if one area is suffering, then other areas become infected.

    On another note, we need to connect sometime.


  2. 2 Andrew Burnett August 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Jason,
    Full circle ..
    How funny.. I just bought a book, called ‘Emotionally healthy Spirituality, by (..guess who) Peter Scazzero. I believe it’s sort of an update-sequel, now designed for wider audience.
    After posting that I was reading this book, a friend tells me about a book, ‘why do Christians shoot their wounded?’ When I google search that, I come to a musing of a Christian psychologist John Monroe.. also on wordpress. After I subscribe, I see that I am also subscribed to your page.. and as I look at your page, you are talking about effectively the same book that started the process..
    I don’t know what all this means.. but I hope things are going well.
    Grace & peace
    Andrew 🙂

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