I love people and sometimes I absolutely can’t stand them. I was standing in line at Chipotle the other day and every fibre of my being was anticipating one of my favorite all time meals. While standing next in line and feeling every ounce of desire for nourishment, disappointment struck my soul when an online order came in. And of course it wasn’t a one or two meal order. Ohhhh no. It was like 8 freaking meals. So I stood there, ridiculously hungry and waited. Then this hot rod dressed in a #ballerstatus suit shows up, waits 30 seconds, picks up his food and walked out the door while everyone else waited. I know.. I get it. God’s working on my patience or props to him for working the system. But in that moment all I could do was look at that guy and think ,”What a prick.”
Emotions and feelings are a tricky animal. When we feel something, everything logical in the world can be telling our mind the exact opposite but our feelings will dominate our entire being.
I am a very emotional person. Can you relate? My emotions are like the Wild Thing Roller Coaster. UPPPPP annddddd DOWWNNN. Thennnnnn UP!!!!! And DOWN!!!!!!! It’s so hard to manage when you are a passionate person!! Well, here’s the deal: I want to give you some Mom advice that has stuck with me all my life.
When I was a kid I never wanted to go to school. Ever. I wanted to run, be free and adventure. Sitting in a classroom was pure torture. Let me say it again: Pure. Torture. So naturally I faked sick quite consistently. When I was 9 years old I saw the movie E.T. What a classic. In the movie the kid faked sick and duped his parents by holding a thermometer to the lamp on his nightstand and when the parents came in to check, he had a temperature. Brilliant! This has to be foolproof, I thought.
But, of course when I tried it my Dad came to check the thermometer and saw that I “supposedly” had a temperature of 115. He took one look at me and said, “let’s try this again.”
Man, I would complain about going to school. I just hated it. And every time, without fail my Mom would poke her head in my room to say her hallmark phrase. “Benjamin, you can either be happy about the fact that you have to go to school or you can be crabby. Either way you are going to school. It’s your choice.”
Sometimes folks, there really is no formula to figure out how to do life. It’s a choice. Do you want to be godly? Then set your mind on Jesus. He’s the Author and the Finisher of your faith. We have to look to Him. Do you want your emotions to calm down? Then you have to turn your heart to God and just trust Him. It’s a choice! It’s your choice. You have full control over your mind, will and emotions. There are certain things that we have to leave in God’s hands for Him to work out in His perfect timing but when it comes to your emotions you don’t have to fall into a depressed, hopeless, angry, raging, and frustrated hot mess. Even when you don’t feel like it, in that exact moment, whether you realize it or not, the most significant growth is taking place in your heart! You are learning perseverance.
Let me share this verse with you:
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
In order to have a good character you have to persevere through the times When You Just Don’t Feel Like It.
On top of that I have learned that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. No matter what, God is at work. He is working because you love Him and you are called. No matter what you have struggled with or what has happened even in the last 24 hours; pornography, depression, fear, getting drunk, gossip, lies, you name it, you are forgiven and Jesus loves you more than the human heart can comprehend. Turn to Him. Let Him love you, heal you and forgive you. Then, you just may start feeling like doing the right thing. That’s when we find the hope He has for our lives.
The best is yet to come and is coming for you now,