Da Doctor Is In Da House!
One of the true joys of my life is that with the ministry I get to do at Teen Challenge, I get to work with the children. Every so often I will have someone take over the church service and I will put on one of my crazy characters, minister to the kids and teach a teaching principle to my workers in the process. This past week I got to do just that. But me being me, I couldn’t stop there. Of course I had to interject myself into the service. I did this under the guise of announcing an up coming children’s seminar I am doing, but I also love seeing the expressions on the faces of adults when they see a character like “Dr. P. Jamaweimerhimer”! I burst into the church at a prearranged time and immediately went into my little skit. My TC students went ballistic! Even though they are used to my antics, they thought it was hysterical. Others in the congregation were laughing as well. BUT…. there was a couple in the back of the church that looked like they were seeing a cross between an alien and someone who had escaped from an insane asylum. So, you know I had to help them out. I marched right up next to the husband and proceeded to ask him if he was in need of a doctor. He could only sit there with his mouth open. It was priceless. I then told them that by the way, I was Pastor and also the Women’s Director for Teen Challenge. They just shook their heads and began to laugh. I didn’t know it, but the next day they had an assessment for the wife to come into the program. (I went ahead and had a wonderful meeting with them after service, and was amazed how God used the craziness of the skit to break the ice!)
At the end of my skit, I took off my mustache and talked seriously about what “the Dr.” was teaching the children. He was there to teach them, through a science experiment, that God cares about their emotions. He cares when they are “blue”; or “green” with envy; or when they are afraid or angry… The Dr. told the kids that God gave us our emotions; and that He really does care about how we feel. Guess what, it is the same for us adults! God cares how we feel. God wants to hear what we are feeling. The bible teaches us that we are to cast our cares up on Him… FOR He CARES FOR US! It is so sad to me how that we tend to keep things bottled up; how we try to handle things on our own, and suffer, when the Lord wants to be there for us! When we are in “I’m going to push through this by myself mode”, things can become so out of focus. Instead of being led by what the Word says; or following the leading of the Spirit; we can fall prey to an E ticket ride on the Emotional Roller-coaster. It is during these times that we make decisions that are not of God. It is also during these times that the enemy of our soul comes in bringing fear; doubt and discouragement.
The way to stay off the Enemy’s favorite emotional carnival ride is to take three simple steps:
- Take the time you need for you! You are important. Take time sort through your own thoughts and feelings.
- Never trust your emotions. Make sure your reality is based on what the Word says, not how you feel.
- When in doubt – talk it out. Scripture is quite clear that we are to share each other’s burdens and there is definitely “safety in a multitude of counsel”. It is so important that we have trusted individuals we can share our hearts with – people who love us enough to be honest; people who are mature in the Lord.
My friend, “Da Doctor is definitely in da house”! His name is Dr. Jesus. He is here to heal every disease – even the diseases of the soul! Blessings, PJ