• mikeanderikaulrich

Your feelings can be real, but that does not mean they are true.

My four-year-old son is really, legitimately afraid of the dark. He has very real feelings of fear, anxiety, and worry and he really feels unsafe when the lights are low. He really feels there are monsters there lurking in the shadows. It's heartbreaking. I am sad for him and I do my best to comfort him, but I also remind him of the truth. His house is safe, the dark is not scary, and there is no such thing as monsters. I can sympathize with his feelings, but I am also teaching him how to go upstairs and turn the light on by himself. I'm giving him an opportunity to walk in truth, to gain confidence, to know the facts for himself.

Our feelings are not trustworthy. They can be real, but that doesn't mean they are true. We can feel worthless, powerless, bitter, grumpy, unsafe, unloved, and not good enough. We can feel depressed, alone, and a myriad of other very powerful emotions.

But we must build our lives, make commitments, choose our paths based on unshakeable realities, the facts of who we are and who we are called to be. There is only one voice whose words are unchanging, wholly trustworthy, and everlasting. The speaker of truth has a name, His name is Jesus.

If your feelings are charting the course for your life I challenge you to surrender them to Him. He will lead you in the safety of truth.

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