Feelings, nothing more than feelings

Do you remember the 1975 hit song “Feelings”? Morris Albert, a Brazilian singer and one-hit wonder, popularized the song. Actress and performer Julie Andrews once stated that this song was too difficult to sing simply because it had no meaning behind it. A lot is said about feelings these days, which takes me, back to when I was but a wee lad and found myself feeling that I was going to be a baseball player. Not just play baseball but also play major league baseball for the Cincinnati Reds! Talk about feelings, it consumed me day and night. I envisioned what it would look and feel like when I grew up and fulfilled the dreams of my heart. From little league to senior league and then on to High School baseball I traveled where those feelings ran smack dab into the fact I was in no way good enough for the majors! It was difficult and really hurt my feelings but the fact was that I was not going to be a professional baseball player for the Reds or anybody else for that matter! I mean, you could slap a Reds uniform on me and plant me at third base in Riverfront Stadium but trust me that would have ended badly for everybody involved. It wasn’t baseballs’ fault, nor the coaches or any of the other players. It’s just that I did not have the ability to play at that level and feelings gave way to the facts. Again allow me to mention that the topic of “Feelings” is a real big deal these days! The uniqueness of this moment in history is amplified by the current trend of thinking that feelings are all that matters. The problem is that those stubborn facts often get in the way of feelings. To complicate things further, feelings are now rising to the occasion of being perceived as more important that fact.

If I read the scriptures correctly, Eve had a feeling. In the book of Genesis we find that after some persuasion she felt that she could follow those feelings and do what she liked. The problem was that God had the facts and regardless of how strongly she felt it would be a good thing to follow her feelings however the outcome was inevitable. Disobedience to God’s will and design for His creation always brings a separation from the creator himself. Paul McHugh, MD, is University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School and he writes, “In a way, it’s reminiscent of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes. In that tale, the Emperor, believing that he wore an outfit of special beauty imperceptible to the rude or uncultured, paraded naked through his town to the huzzahs of courtiers and citizens anxious about their reputations… I am ever trying to be the boy among the bystanders who points to what’s real. I do so not only because truth matters, but also because overlooked amid the hoopla enhanced now by Bruce Jenner’s celebrity and Annie Lei Ovitz’s photography stand many victims. Think, for example, of the parents whom no one not doctors, schools, nor even churches will help to rescue their children from these strange notions of being transgendered and the problematic lives these notions herald.”

There is an even more important aspect of this discussion worth noting concerning feelings and fact. The fact is that no one loves and cares more for each and every human being than the one who lovingly created each man, woman, boy, and girl! Listen to the Message paraphrase… “God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds

in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.” You see, God made us each distinct, and recognizably different from each other. There is no one else just like you. Think of that! God created you and he did so with a perfect plan in mind. You and I were not a knee jerk reaction but were intelligently designed to experience a divine plan that God himself has set in motion. Any deviation from His design can only bring sadness and discouragement. And finally God made us with a purpose in mind. Not only a plan he wants us to experience but also a real purpose for living that goes beyond our feelings and our desires but to realize a life our creator has wished for us to experience! The prophet Jeremiah painted it his way… “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” And that my friend is more than a feeling… It’s a fact!