When you don’t feel like it, do it anyway

Katheryn Haddad wrote today, “When you don’t feel like it, reach out to God.” The faith is often the practice of piety when we don’t feel like it.

When you go ahead and do it, even when you don’t feel like it, God will at some point give you a breakthrough.

So open the Bible and even if you have to stare at it for ten minutes, flip pages to find a word that speaks to you, read the same line a half-dozen times, keep doing it. At some point, the Word’s power will penetrate you.

And pray to God, even when you don’t feel like it. Write him a letter, say whatever and all that is on your heart, speak out loud in your closet or shower, argue with him (consult: Job), keep doing it. At some point, the relief of placing your worries and concerns and doubts upon God will flood your heart.

Go meet with your brothers and sisters in Christ, even when you don’t feel like it. I always come away in better spirits than when I go. At some point, the Spirit of God will edify you and use you to build someone up.

Jesus didn’t feel like it, but he died on the cross anyway, because it was the Father’s will. The CEV may not have the highest and best language, but here you get the picture: “He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did” Heb 12.2b.

The Way does not give first place to feeling. It gives first place to understanding God’s will and exercising our will in the choices we make. When it needs to, it drags the feelings kicking and screaming, because emotions are volatile creatures whose highs and lows sustain no relation to reality.

So when you don’t feel like it, do it anyway, because later you’ll be glad you did. Especially much later, when you are called to give account of words and actions, but not feelings, before the Judge of all the earth.

What do you think?