Devotional for Monday January 18th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Develop your emotional intelligence”
 
“Emotional intelligence” is a concept developed by psychologist Daniel Goleman and published in his ground-breaking 1995 book by the same title.
 
It’s been common knowledge for much of human history that people with high IQs often do not do well in life. They’re very smart in terms of knowledge, quick thinking, and the ability to grasp complex concepts and to solve difficult problems, but often those same people seem to have little common sense, they sometimes have poor communication and relational skills, and therefore they struggle in life – sometimes tragically so. In his research Goleman discovered why that it. It’s the difference between intellectual intelligence and emotional intelligence.
 
Goleman discovered that humans effectively have two minds – the rational mind and the emotional mind. The rational mind gathers and processes information and solves problems. The emotional mind governs feelings, moods, instincts, judgment, and decision-making. Emotional intelligence includes many of the factors that combine to create the Biblically resilient individual we’ve been thinking about this month – the person with self-awareness, self-discipline, empathy, optimism, hope, compassion, trust, and faith. It’s the wisdom and knowledge of Proverbs 2:6.
 
Emotional intelligence is a different way of being smart and it’s actually the more important of the two. People with high intellectual intelligence often flounder in life and consequently end up unhappy. People with high emotional intelligence may have modest IQs by comparison, but yet seem to do surprisingly well in life.
 
Would it surprise you to learn that God is more interested in your emotional intelligence than He is in your intellectual intelligence? Can you see the correlation between emotional intelligence and Biblical virtues?
 
Resilient Christians have a high level of emotional intelligence and as a result they tend to thrive in life. And here’s the good news: emotional intelligence can be learned and developed. That’s exactly what we’re doing all this month through these daily devotionals and I’m eager to continue exploring this subject with you. Tomorrow we’ll consider another interesting concept known as “learned helplessness”. Learned helplessness is common problem and is a product of low emotional intelligence – but there is help and hope for it. We’ll think more about that tomorrow.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
 
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