After more than a year of silence and after coming through a very difficult two year period, I am not sure where to begin in posting. There is no way in one post to say everything about where I have been or to begin to thank everyone who prayed me through. In thinking about starting to post again, I have gone through the usual excuses---what if I am not ready, what if I am not well enough, I'm not sure I "feel" able, where do I begin?, etc. etc.----which brings me to this post "Just Do It!!"
One thing I have learned on this journey called life is that we cannot go by our "feelings." If we wait until we "feel" like doing something, we may never do it!!. Feelings will deceive us--they are wishy-washy. One day we may feel one way and the next day we may feel totally different!! Feelings come and feelings go!! How many times have we heard or said that we will do it when we feel like it---that our actions are the result of our feelings. Like with love--one day we may "feel" so in love and the next day, we may not "feel" so in love at all. Years ago, someone told me this about marriage. Many marriages are abandoned because one partner did not "feel" in love or "feel" happy---not realizing that love is NOT a feeling-- it is a verb---it is something we DO. It is an action. Many times feelings will come if we will just go ahead and do those things we would do for someone if we "felt" so in love. We have it backwards!! If I feel like it---I will do it!! In John 3:16, this is exactly what love does----it always GIVES. "For God so loved the world (you and I) that He GAVE His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." Our God DID something!!! He came to earth in human form--Jesus---and literally gave His life for us!! Love is something we Do---regardless of how we feel.
Who or what is controlling us? If it is our feelings, then we might never even get up in the morning if we waited until we felt like it!! How many people would actually show up for work if they only went when they "felt" like it? How can husbands and wives love and meet each other's needs if we wait until we feel like it? We use the typical excuses of not feeling like it---being too tired or some other excuse instead of depending on our Father God to give us His grace and strength to "Just Do It!!" I love what a columnist who is over 90 years old said---"Every single day, no matter how you FEEL---get up, fix up, and show up!!!"
Love is a commandment--- in fact, all the commandments are summed up in this---"Love your neighbor (that is anyone) as you love yourself"---not if we "feel" like it----but rather--"Just Do It!!!" You might even be amazed when you begin "doing" that the feelings follow:) Love gives first--then receives. Amen and Amen!!
Part of my journey this past year took me to Brookhaven Retreat where I spent 3 months for depression and anxiety. I will be sharing in future posts much of my experience there and what I learned during that time away and what I am continuing to learn since coming home in November.