A Terrible Question
Ever get into a funky place where you seem restless, irritable, and discontent?
Well, I do. Sometimes for long stretches, I am sad to say. And I have found that when I get into one of these grouchy seasons, there is one question that lurks at the heart of the murkiness. It is a terrible question. A question that drives me, when I let it. “What is the Matrix?” No, that’s not it! Here it is…
“What do I FEEL LIKE DOING right now?”
Sooner or later, living by this question day after day drives me into the ditch. It is a lame question for any of us to follow, particularly someone with an “addictive personality” like me. But we all have a sin nature that calls out in various fleshly ways, convincing us that this question is actually a very reasonable approach to life.
It is not.
Far better to guide my actions from day to day with questions such as these…
“What would be good for me to do now?”
“What is God’s will for me today (as best I can tell)?”
“How can I bless someone else?”
And the irony of it is this: When I pursue those things that I feel like doing, I am rarely, if ever contented by them. But when I am willing to pursue those things that God would have me do to bless others, I find within my self a growing sense of contentment and joy that I am simply not capable of contriving on my own.
Have a great day – bless someone else by doing God’s will!