Philippians 4:4 ESV
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
One of the most challenging jobs I ever had was working as a restaurant manager when I was just out of high school. It was my first job managing people and there was definitely a learning curve involved. To be a good boss, you can’t let your employees dictate your decision making — but on the other hand you shouldn’t ignore obvious signs that the people who work for you are unhappy and fail to do anything about it.
We need to be the boss of our emotions, not the other way around. But at the same time, they do have the ability to signal that we need to make adjustments in certain areas of our lives. Persistent emotions are excellent indicators of where we’ve placed our hope, what we value the most and where our trust lies.
If fear, anger, bitterness or any other emotion is stealing your joy on a regular basis, don’t just bottle it up and ignore it. Bring it to God in prayer and even talk to someone you trust if needed. Often a simple realignment of our priorities can help bring our emotions back under our control where they belong.