Emoji’s were invented because our emotions change so fast and so often that words aren’t efficient enough to record how we’re feeling at one particular moment in time. It’s easier to just click an emoji to describe how we’re feeling. By the time we take the time to write out our feelings it may have changed. Actually, I don’t really know if that’s why emoji’s were invented. It could just be that they’re cute.
But it is true that emotions should generally be kept out of a major decision making equation. Unless of course, you are picking an ice cream flavor. Everyone knows that chocolate is crucial for when you’re feeling sad, aggravated, angry, happy…well, any emotion pretty much. But when deciding on what car to buy we don’t buy a car based on how we are feeling. We research, we test drive, we ask around.
That way we are sure to make the right decision in regards to a big, costly decision as buying a car.
Or if we are about to dive into a relationship with someone. We make sure we know a little bit about a person before saying, “I Do.” Or at least we should. Gracious!
Similar to the car scenario—we do the following:
- We research or a nicer way to put that is we get to know each other.
- We test drive the relationship or go on dates.
- We talk to our friends about our relationship and ask for advice.
We know that a relationship that is based on something other than emotions will last longer than one that is based solely on emotion.
So then why do allow our relationship with Christ to be based on emotions?
- When we’re happy— we’re happy with God.
- When things aren’t going the way we want — God is ignoring us or doesn’t care.
So maybe we need to start researching, spending time with God, and talking to our friends about Him.
- We can research God by reading the Bible. Then we learn that no matter what he is with us.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
- If we spend time with God and get to know him better, we learn that he does care about everything from big to small.
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:30 (NIV)
- If we talk to our friends about our relationship with God then we get accountability and encouragement.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
Emotions are a part of life. But our relationship with Christ encompasses so much more than what can be expressed by an emoji alone.
And how about you? Do you have an emoji based relationship with Christ or does it go deeper?
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