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Thursday, December 8, 2011

It Just Feels Right

Last night I was headed to a basketball game out of town.  The dashboard lights weren't lit up, so I couldn't see how fast I was going (Perhaps that had something to with the fact that I had run the car battery down yesterday morning???? Yep....probably so!).  I was cruising along and thought I should check my speed, just to make sure I wasn't over the speed limit.  I turned on the dome light and guess what?  I was right, exactly on 65 miles per hour!  Not over....not under.....right on the money!

I was struck by that fact as I drove along and thought about "why" I was going the right speed.  I finally realized why:  because it felt right.  It seemed like the right speed because I always drive the speed limit.  It was natural for me.

But, then, as I kept driving, my mind drifted to more "feels right" things.  What in my life feels right?  What things seem natural?  Well, there are lots of things that feel natural.  Loving God.  Loving Jesus.  Loving my husband.  Loving my children.  Loving the rest of our family and friends.  Taking care of my family.  Worshipping God.  Praising Jesus.  Meeting together with my brothers and sisters in Christ at every opportunity.  And there are many more.  Those are good things, even great things.  It's good that these things come naturally for me.  For many in this world those things don't come naturally.

On the flip side, though, what things in my life "feel right", but they are not good things?  Unfortunately, there is a big list here, too.  There are many things that don't come natural for me.  Exercise, healthy eating habits, drinking water, thinking before I speak at all times, relying on God's guidance and taking the time to pray before committing to things, etc.  Each of these things I listed are great things, yet I struggle with each of them.  And there are many other things I could add to the list that are daily struggles.

So you see, the phrase "it just feels right" can be a good thing, but it can also get us into some trouble.  It can even lead to sin.  What feels right to us may be wrong in God's eyes.  The Bible will guild us and prayer will help direct us as we strive to make what feels right be right.  Little by little, what feels right will become what God desires instead of what we desire.  Striving to draw more and more closer to God?  Yes.  It just feels right.

A man’s steps are directed by the LORD.
How then can anyone understand his own way?
Proverbs 20:24

2 comments:

Wa Wa Waughs said...

Your point also proves that we all struggle, even though others may look at you and think you don't. One of my favorite sayings from another bloggers site is "Be Kind. Everyone is fighting some battle."

Joe said...

This article makes me think of the ever so popular advice 'Follow your heart'. When I hear that I think, "How can I follow my heart when it's naturally sinful and thinks only of itself?" I think many of my troubles and heartaches I've had in my life, were because I followed my heart, and didn't listen to the Holy Spirit.

Mark 7:20-23 "That which ...proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. "All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man."

 
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