There are some days where I don’t feel a thing. Apathy is what it is called: a lack of emotion, passion or excitement. Apathy is not my best friend.
You see, I enjoy the motivation of happiness and even sadness. It encourages me or forces me to make a change for the better. It brings me closer to God.
But when I don’t feel a thing, that’s when things become tough. When I’m “just not feeling it”, I want to give up.
Maybe you are in a marriage where you don’t feel love for your spouse anymore. Or the excitement in that new job has slowly disappeared. Maybe you just don’t FEEL close to God anymore.
For me, feeling close to God is where I start to struggle. When I lack emotion, that is when I don’t feel close to my Father anymore… and that, for me, is the definition of emptiness.
Remember what we said in my first post in this series? My emotions aren’t meant to control me, but compel me. When you base your actions around your emotions (or lack thereof), you aren’t getting God’s best.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” 2 Timothy 4:7 (NLT).
I have learned during this time, remaining is the most important thing you can do. If you don’t feel like you love your spouse anymore, don’t give up on your marriage. Stay and fight the good fight. Get counseling, start courting each other again. Eventually those feelings will come back, and although they may come and go, we know God wants our marriage to prevail.
If you aren’t feeling as excited about your job anymore. Remain. Continue to work hard because Colossians 3:23 (NLT) says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Finish the race.
I don’t know what your story is as everyone is different. In certain situations, it may be the right thing to move on, but what I am saying is not to base your decisions on your feelings or lack of feelings. Seek God and His will.
When you aren’t feeling close to God anymore, don’t give up. He is not the one who left. Open your Bible, pray, attend church. Don’t stop doing those things, this is a time where you need them more than ever. The closeness will come back. Remain faithful, for He is always faithful to you.
One day, the feelings will come back and you don’t want to live in regret of making choices based on a small moment of time when you “just weren’t feeling it”. I’ve been there done that, and I don’t want to do it anymore. I want God’s best.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NLT).
Friends, if you are stuck in a season of apathy right now, let me encourage you to stay the course. Things will get better with commitment and work. Jesus’s love always wins.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me stay on the path that you want me on, even when I’m not feeling it. Help me not to make decisions based on my emotions or lack of emotions. Please guide me in the direction You want me to take as Your ways are always good. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Discussion: If you are willing to share, how have you overcome a time when you were experiencing apathy?
Memory Verse: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” 2 Timothy 4:7.
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