When we arrived in Macedonia province, we couldn’t settle down.
The fights in the church and the fears in our hearts kept us on pins and needles.
We couldn’t relax because we didn’t know how it would all turn out.
Then, the God, who lifts up the downcast,
lifted our heads and our hearts with the arrival of Titus.
We were glad just to see him,
but the true reassurance came in what he told us about you: how much you cared!
I went from worry to tranquility in no time!
2 Corinthians 7:5-7
This is the great Apostle Paul! This is the person who wrote most of the New Testament! This is the man who founded many churches throughout the Romans Empire! This is the disciple who brought thousands to connection with Jesus! Yet, alone in Macedonia he was emotional distraught, wrung out like a wet dish rag! And then, his close friend, Titus, arrived with the result that Paul’s head and heart were lifted!
Guy Winch, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, author, and keynote speaker whose books have been translated into twenty-one languages. His most recent book is Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts (Plume, 2014). The Squeaky Wheel: Complaining the Right Way to Get Results, Improve Your Relationships and Enhance Self-Esteem (Walker & Company) was published in January 2011. His TED Talk, Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid, has been viewed over 4 million times and is rated among the top 5 most inspiring talks on TED.com. Dr. Winch received his doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at NYU Medical Center. He has been working with individuals, couples and families in his private practice in Manhattan for over twenty years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association.