“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.” (NLT)
Stacey was in Grade 11. Over lunch someone told her that her friend Debra was talking about her behind her back calling her vain and self-centred.
In about two seconds Stacey’s blood began to boil! They’d been best friends since she moved to town in Grade 4. How could she!
So Stacey pulled up Twitter (and a few other platforms) and lashed out. She called Debra a backstabbing flirt. “That’ll show her!”
But a few hours later, Stacey learned that Debra did NOT in fact say those things. As it turns out, in a moment of honesty with friends, she was saying them about herself. But someone overheard wrongly and reported bad info to Stacey.
By the time Stacey learned the truth, it was too late. Damage done.
Every day you make hundreds of decisions. And since you’re human, your feelings and emotions play a significant role in what you decide.
So how do you make sure you’re thinking clearly? How do you make sure you’re not bullied by your feelings—which, as it turns out, can’t always be trusted for wise counsel?
You make sure your reference point is God. When God is your reference point, you may have strong feelings and emotions, but before you go and do something you regret, you come back to your reference point and ask, “Based on God’s unchanging Word, what should I do?”
Today, whatever you’re up to, think clearly.
You can’t make wise long-term decisions when you’re bullied by short-term feelings.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s “Up!” is partly based on my Sunday message at Westminster Church called “Don’t believe everything you feel.” You can hear the podcast here. Enjoy!