Five Minute Friday – Free
Trapped, confined, held down, no escape, no hope. This is often how I feel. I let the weight of my burdens and even the burdens of others back me into a corner and cause me to collapse. That has never once helped. It has never once provided a solution, helped another person, or made me feel at all hopeful.
It is also unnecessary. I am free. Jesus has paid the price for my freedom – here and for eternity. He tells us that He came to give us life and give it abundantly. I want to take Him up on His offer. I want to feel hope, freedom, and security. More than that, I want to just know it. I want more than a feeling, which changes based on circumstances. I want it to be a soul deep understanding.
I have discovered through reading wisdom gained by others, and much personal experience that feelings are not truth. When we experience what we call a feeling – it is valid – we are having that feeling. But, that does not make the feeling the truth. I can feel like I am unwanted, unloved, and unpopular. That does not mean that I am truthfully those things. I can feel like my words are not enough – that does not mean they aren’t. My feelings come and go and are based not on truth – but on hormones, and thoughts, and circumstances. I am choosing to focus on the truth and allow my feelings to catch up.
Only I can change how I feel and how I think. Only I can decide to live in the freedom that I have. I do that by focusing on what is the truth. The truth is that I am loved by the God of the universe, by my family, and by my friends. The truth is that I am secure in my relationships and in my career. The truth is that God has promised that He will work all things for my good. Which doesn’t make everything good – it makes everything part of the plan for my good. I can also choose to focus on that which brings me joy. The more I focus on the things I love and adore – the faster my feelings line up with truth.
My five minutes are now up. I would be remiss however if I didn’t tell you this – you get to control how you feel and what you think. You cannot control the things that happen around you. You can control how you choose to deal with them. Remind yourself of truth, remind yourself of what things bring you joy, and remind yourself that your God is working for your good.
Hooking up with all the amazing writers of Five Minute Friday. Where we all write for five minutes on the same prompt - provided by Kate Motaung at http://katemotaung.com/2015/07/16/five-minute-friday-free/