I find the entire process complicated to follow. If you are following it closely you find it a challenge to keep up with the scores and highlights of every game. The games, brackets, and schedules can all be confusing as 68 teams compete in a single elimination game. Talk about pressure, one game to play, win and advance to the next round. These college teams and fans feel the frenzy, exhilaration and a myriad of emotions during the month of March.
So who will win it all-Louisville or Kentucky?
The Elite 8 narrow down to the Final Four and finally a National Champion rises to the top.
During the games you can see mothers, coaches, family and fans with so many different feelings. Some are crying and others are roaring in thunderous applause as their team makes the winning shot as the buzzer goes off. The highs and lows, ups and downs, victory and defeat are all reasons for a college ball enthusiast to fall in love with the madness of March tournaments.
As I was watching (I love cheering for my Florida Gators), I realized how many emotions we go through in life, sometimes in one day. We can be anxious, calm, frustrated, upset, happy, depressed, joyful, and hopeless. How can we handle so many different emotions? The different seasons of our life will also bring about changes in how we feel. Here's what I've learned:
- Don't be live life ruled by your emotions
Emotions are not trustworthy. Just because you feel "unloved" doesn't mean that no one loves you. YOU can't handle all your different emotions but GOD can!
"God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him." ~Psalm 46:1(MSG)
- Know your triggers
Is it a situation or person that constantly "sets" you off? If the answer if yes, realize that you need to find a way to distance yourself (physically or emotionally) from your "triggers". Certain situations are out of our control, but we can allow God to manage our emotions through prayer. Take time to walk away, breath and stay calm. Once harmful words come out you can't take them back and the damage is done. Think before you speak!
- Shift your focus
"...Set your sights on the realities of Heaven.." ~Colossians 3:1(NLT)