I’m not feeling very spiritual lately. I said that to my husband as I was preparing to teach Sunday school last night. He said, “That’s okay. Feeling it is overrated.”
Feelings come and go. Feelings can be foolish and ego-based.
Maybe going from a week of Horse Camp to a rodeo to church the next day has something to do with my flatness. But I’ve been there, really, in each moment, and that was a gift. You know what I mean? I wasn’t thinking of the to-do list, the next week, or the looming projects on the desk. That might sound irresponsible to some of you. Don’t worry. I have the weight of it all on me now and plans to check it off. I love checking off the task list.
“This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.” 1 John 3:11 (NLT)
So, what do you do when you’re just not feeling it? Is your faith based on feelings? Are we hooked on a feeling?
” If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. ” 1 John 3:14
Do you pray anyways? Are you grateful? What do we do when we lose our senses? How do we continue to live a faithful life?
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? 1 John 3:16-17
Our culture likes to feel. Oh, man. We like fear. We like feeling good. Some like anger. Some tout feelings of pride. Some wallow in sadness. We want to feel God. We want to know by our feelings. But, I don’t think this is how it works. I’m learning you can’t feel your way into a faithful life. Maybe you’re a thinker and you’re not even liking this mushy post. Well, I’m learning that you can’t think your way into a transformed, faithful like either. You have to live your way into a new way of thinking.
“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.” 1 John 3:18-19
Pat the part of yourself on the head that wants to feel (or think about) everything. Say: “I understand. I get it.” Then move forward in love action. You already know what you need. (This is part of my checklist.)
“Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.” 1 John 3:20