This morning one of our kids that we look after in our business was not feeling well, so instead of going to school I sat and watched the film Inside out with her (I know it’s a hard life I live). If you have kids you have probably seen the film, if not, get it out on DVD it is worth watching. It is good entertainment but also has some deep thought-provoking questions as well about who we are.
In the film, the main character is Riley, a happy-go-lucky hockey-loving 11-year-old girl, but her world is turn upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions — led by Joy try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of moving all the way across the country brings Sadness to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in the headquarters of Riley’s mind are Anger, Fear and Disgust.
We are all emotional to one degree or another, which is no bad thing. It is how we use our emotions to control our actions, reactions and behaviours that is what’s important. Too many of us use our emotions to excuse our bad actions like jealously, envy, fits of anger and things like these. We put it down to our personality, it’s who we are, it can’t be helped, take me as you find me!. There is of course the good actions like love, joy, patience, kindness and things like these that we should all try to aim for. Just like Riley in the film, it is as if there are voices in our heads constantly at battle with other to determine our actions.
What is missing in the film is a conductor who stands between our emotions and the levers on the control board that control our actions.The conductor decides which emotions to give a voice to, which thoughts to entertain, and which reactions are the most beneficial regardless of how loudly our emotions are demanding to take over the controls.*
The Bible teaches that all people have a conductor which is our spirit. Regardless of how weak or how strong the conductor is, he’s still there nevertheless. He may be sleeping at the controls and letting our emotions reign supreme and our thoughts run willy-nilly for good or for evil effect, or he may be running the show, controlling the “little voices inside your head”.*
* Reference from another blog written by Todd Young.