Are You An Emotional Spock?

Captain Kirk was the star of the old television series, “Star Trek.” He was okay but for my money, give me Spock any day.

This Vulcan must have been kin to the soldiers who stand in front of Buckingham Palace in London and never crack a smile, even if you act like a clown right in front of them. Spock was like that. Lieutenant O’hura could cry out, “Captain Kirk, there’s a meteorite three times bigger than the Enterprise streaking towards us and the estimated time of impact is 10 seconds.”

The camera would switch to Spock where he merely lifted an eyebrow. Everyone else was going bananas but he kept his cool. Someone might yell, “Captain Kirk, there’s a giant octopus opening his mouth to eat the ship.”

And Spock would look at his instruments, raise an eyebrow and say matter-of-factly, “I find that highly unlikely sir.”

When I’m going through a trial, I really want to be like Spock, because feelings and emotions hurt at times like that. If I could be cool like Spock I wouldn’t feel anything and the trial couldn’t wound me.

The only problem with that is it would block my ability to experience good things, too. Captain Kirk could say, “Hey, listen up, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for everyone!” And Spock would just raise an eyebrow. Even if he was eating it, he would be commenting on the calorie content.

Lots of people have tried to be Mr. Spocks. Something or someone broke their hearts and they said to themselves, “Never again!” So, they built a high wall around their heart and no one can get through to hurt them anymore.

The only problem is that no one can get past the wall to express love them either. Truth is, if we’re able to experience the best that God has for us we’ve also got to take a chance on getting hurt. But, hurt isn’t the end of the world if we don’t let it be.

Have you walled yourself off? Has that really enriched your life? Take a chance and with the help of the Lord, begin to live life fully again. “But, I might get hurt,” you say. Let me amend that, “You will be hurt sooner or later but you’re not by yourself. The Lord will heal you.

And you’ll be able to experience to the full that God has prepared for those who love Him.

“The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” (Ps. 34:18, 19)

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psa 16:11)

Hmmm …
“Your audacious life goals are fabulous. We’re proud of you for having them. But it’s possible that those goals are designed to distract you from the thing that’s really frightening you–the shift in daily habits that would mean a re-invention of how you see yourself.
Organizations can always benefit from better habits. Every day. Do that first.” Seth Godin


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