For years I have been saying that our feelings don’t just appear out of thin air. They are the direct result of your thoughts. If you think hateful, dark thoughts about someone, chances are you won’t “feel” like loving that person very much. If you think happy, sunny, productive thoughts about your upcoming day, you more than likely will “feel” happy and productive, even if issues arise.
Further more, I am convinced that after those thoughts produce feelings, your feelings will move you to action. If you don’t “feel” like loving that person very much, you more than likely aren’t going to get out of your way to be kind to them. If you “feel” happy and productive, you probably will handle productive tasks and enjoy the process.
But I haven’t had too many people agreeing with me at a soul-level.
“Yeah, sure,” they say, and nothing changes. Mental assent doesn’t yield much fruit.
“Delight yourself in the Lord,” I heard the preacher say on the podcast that I was listening to on my way home the other day. It had been a rough day, and I couldn’t wait to just get my PJs on, sip on a glass of wine and forget all about how unsensitive people are, how nasty this place is, and how tired I was of it all.
“Delight yourself in the Lord,” he said.
“Yeah, sure,” I answered mentally. Mental assent doesn’t yield much fruit.
I got home and into my cozy PJs, poured myself a glass of wine and sat down.
“Delight yourself in the Lord,” I heard Him whisper.
“Yes, I know… Easier said than done,” I answered.
And deep within my spirit, I heard my own voice explaining for the hundredth time that feelings are the result of our thoughts. Any once can feel on purpose by choosing my thoughts.
Including feeling rotten about one’s day. Or delighting oneself in the Lord.
I started to laugh outloud at God’s sense of humor–I love it when God proves me right and wrong all within the same moment.
I got up off of my chair and purposefully chose to be involved with how amazing He is, this God of mine who knows how to speak to my heart. And my feelings, they just followed.
“Delight yourself in the Lord,” He said.
Mental assent doesn’t yield much fruit. If we however agree at a soul and heart level, it changes us from the inside out .
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