On any given day, I am bombarded with a slew of obstacles within the four walls of my home. Life’s demands come charging at me before the rising of the sun. And, they’re relentless until long after the first glimpse of the moon.
Many are the days when I wish I can conquer anything that comes my way! Give me a spatula in one hand and a Swiffer duster in the other. Then, one may see a meal that could appear on the cover of Rachael Ray and a house that’s featured on the cover of Better Homes & Gardens.
But, seldom does this actually takes place. My mop has got better use wiping up my tears, instead of the grime on the floor. My dishes have got a better clean from ‘elbow grease’ fueled by frustrations. My dinners have not always been top-of-the-line quality. I have simply strived to get something, anything, together while my toddler has had a meltdown on the floor.
I can admit during these times, I do not feel like yielding love, keeping peace, or exhibiting kindness and gentleness toward my family. I do not always feel the experience of joy or goodness, and often struggle with patience and self-control when my daily demands seem too much to handle. I feel I relive many days over and over again, and my faithfulness to my duties seem to be in vain.
Nevertheless, I do have two choices. I can allow life’s demands to overwhelm me and make me feel less than the best. Or, I can allow them to empower me to overcome and have faith to receive the best each day brings.
My favorite quote from an admired author says it best. “Feelings are indicators, not dictators. They can indicate where your heart is in the moment, but that doesn’t mean they have the right to dictate your behavior and boss you around. You are more than the sum total of your feelings..”- Lysa TerKeurst from Unglued.
I need to remind myself that these feelings are often a collection of lies embedded in my thoughts, as told by the enemy. If I feel less than the best, then, this indicates that my heart is not in alignment with the heart of God. Thus, my faith in Him has wavered.
It is by faith in God that He empowers me to conquer anything that comes my way (Romans 8:35-37). It is by faith that He gives me tools to overcome my feelings (Romans 12:21) to be sure my heart aligns with His heart. When I meditate on His truths, I am given power to fuel my faith over my feelings.
Galatians 5:22-23- But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:
- love– Now that you have been purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart (1 Peter 1:22)
- joy– Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
- peace– Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Romans 5:1)
- patience– being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, (Colossians 1:11)
- kindness– Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
- goodness– ..we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
- faithfulness– Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all persecutions and trials you are enduring.
- gentleness– Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility. gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12)
- self-control– For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It reaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. (Titus 2:11-12)
I choose, this day, to surrender my feelings of ‘less than best’ to the Holy Spirit. I seek to live by faith, in order to receive God’s best through the fruit of the Spirit!
“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. “- 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)