The moment we open our eyes, we can almost determine the type of day we will have based on how we felt when we got up, well at least that is how it works for me. I do not normally sleep throughout the evening. I wake up at least 3 times throughout the night. But I really, really, really hate to wake up (really…no seriously) and it is time to get up. REALLY!
Now I’m mad and frustrated because I turned over thinking I could get a couple of hours and instead of turning over, my feet have to hit the floor. I mean really?
Thank God for waking up, but I don’t want to wake up sleepy. That is NO way to start a day. Now, I’m trying to find ways to keep me up and give me energy so I can do what I need to do. So, since I “feel” tired and sluggish, more than likely I’ll be less patient, easily frustrated, and unable to give my complete attention throughout the day. Ugh!
Wait. I just had a thought. That’s probably why our children do not pay attention in school. They are not getting enough rest. So they don’t “feel” like schooling. Lord knows I try to get my babies in bed early but shoot, when I do that, I catch them playing in the room okay.
For me, oftentimes my feelings dictate my day. We all have them- “feelings.” They are associated with what we think of others. Feelings are associated with pain and frustration; but they are also associated with happiness, contentment and peace, among other things.
When we react to a situation based on how we “feel”, we find ourselves in trouble.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7 NKJV
Jesus displayed many feelings or emotions. He was angry when He saw the people in the temple doing everything but teaching the word of God. He was hurt when His friend Lazarus died. He was filled with compassion when the woman with the alabaster box anointed His feet. He was in pain while on the cross- yet and still Jesus fulfilled His purpose that God required, while in His feelings. His feelings did not lead Him- His Father did. Jesus acknowledged His feelings in the flesh, but Jesus also recognized He had to answer to a higher power. We all have feelings but we cannot allow our feelings to become a character flaw.
Flaws are an imperfection or weakness that hinders effectiveness. We cannot be spiritually effective in feelings. Feelings cause us to sin and react impulsively versus rationally. Although we may be justified in what or how we feel, we cannot be led by our feelings. Our feelings can offend others and that ought not be the case; especially if you say you’re a child of God. We must be led by the Spirit of God.
Let us never let our feelings get in the way of seeing things the way they truly are. It’s time to get our feelings out of the way and get in the Spirit.
“Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.” Proverbs 29:11 NLT