Do you ever wake up in the morning and just simply not feel joyful? As a result, the day begins with anger, tears, depression or fear? We’ve all heard the phrase, “I’m just not feelin’ it.” On days like this, I love it when God reminds me that my feelings are the shallowest part of who I am. They should not be the navigator of what I do. Just because I don’t feel thirsty doesn’t mean I shouldn’t drink; just because I don’t feel love doesn’t mean I shouldn’t give it; and just because I don’t feel like having time with God doesn’t mean I should skip it. If Olympic athletes worked out only when they “felt like it,” they’d never be Olympians.

Their higher purpose—NOT their feelings—commands their body to obey.  

So, why do we many times justify being cranky, unjoyful, selfish, lazy Christians just because we don’t “feel like it” today? I’m guilty! If we live our lives by our feelings, then we’ll age like a spoiled two-year old in the body of an adult. Our feelings change. They can deceive us about reality and what is important. Jeremiah has this to say, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)  

We cannot rely on the feelings in our heart to guide our day; we must rely upon what we know is right. As parents, we make our children do what’s good for them even when THEY don’t feel like it, and we should be doing the same for ourselves! When we don’t feel like being joyful because the daily grind looks grim, we need to be reminded of our higher purpose: To glorify God! When we discipline ourselves to DAILY drink from the deep well of living water, we find joy unspeakable and full of glory—God’s glory. Sure, there are times we need to sorrow and grieve, but we always have hope that one day God will make all the wrongs—right! Thus, we may draw upon God’s unending resources instead of our own! He has given us the highest calling!

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