Pray tell, what good is a yo-yo without string? I mean, really? What’s its purpose? Maybe it will make for a good late, late night infomercial? “That’s right folks, a stringless yo-yo. It’s available in 4 stunning colors and for a limited time you can get it for only 4 easy payments of $16.43, plus a reasonable processing fee. But that’s not all, call in the next 17 minutes 14 seconds, we will send you another one in the color of our choice absolutely free, you only pay a separate processing fee. And for just a very limited time, because you know we can’t do this forever, we will reduce it by 1 payment. That’s right, only 3, you heard correctly, 3 payments instead of 4. Call 888-2ABSURD, operators are standing by. Batteries are not included.”
Can anyone out there in Blogland tell me what good is a yo-yo without string? The only thing I can think of is maybe a paper weight or something to throw at somebody who is really annoying you. (If you think of any other purpose, please share in the comments section below.) Right now I hear some of you readers thinking, “Where is he going with this?” (Be forewarned, I do have ESPN). As ridiculous as it is to think of a stringless yo-yo, there is something happening in our culture that is even more than ridiculous, it is disheartening.
Many people have chosen to build their life upon how they feel. They have chosen a purpose based on feelings, but wait, there’s more. They have chosen to identify themselves based on how they feel. A friend was sharing with me that his daughter who was, if I remember correctly, either a kindergarten or first grade teacher who had a parent that came to her at the first of the school year with important information about her child. She told this teacher that one day “he” may come to school as a “she” or may come as a “he”. It just depended on how he was feeling that morning. Not based on biology and plumbing, just on those feelings of the day.
And living this “stringless yo-yo” life is not only being promoted in the arena of human sexuality, it is being lived out in so many, too many human lives. Someone calls you worthless, a failure. That feeling creeps, even comes like a tsunami over you and you live each day believing you are just that and nothing more. You see others have success and lots of “stuff” and you “feel” like you are entitled to it. Feelings!
Let’s say you have a medical condition and you need a specialist. You don’t know one so you find one and make an appointment. You’re first question should be, “Where did you go to school and what special training have you had?” What if their answer was, “Oh, I only graduated high school. But today I feel like a neurologist. Oh wait, now I feel like a proctologist. Where are those gloves?” What would be your response? I’m sure it would be to exit that room like the Roadrunner in those old cartoons.
So why do people make the choice to live their lives based on feelings, either those feelings that have come from deep within or those feelings created by someone’s opinion of them? Living by feelings is like a yo-yo with a string. Up and down, up and down, over here, over there. It’s a roller coaster ride that never ends. And when you accept those “feelings” as your identity or even your purpose in life, the string is removed. You are that stringless yo-yo. But that is not the life you were created and designed for. Your life is much more than a feeling. The song is right, it’s “feelings, nothing more than feelings.”
There is a beauty, strength and design that exceeds those feelings. Solomon shared in Proverbs 14:12, “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.“ God has a unique design for you that reflects His image. Go back to the very beginning of the Bible and we can clearly see it. Relationship–Perfect Relationship. Perfect Relationship with Him, self and others. This life is never based on a feeling, but on The Truth, Truth as God defines it.
And if you are living by and through your feelings, I want to take this moment to encourage you to take the time to really know God–His heart and purpose for your life. It’s found in the Bible. Take the time to read it for yourself, without add the interpretations and opinions of others, even mine. Ask the Holy Spirit to join you in this journey to help you understand the big picture, not isolated bits and pieces that will be used to confirm those feelings. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading, and trust–trust in the God who loves you right where you are. And loves you so much that He doesn’t want you to stay where you are, but to become all the HE sees in you. Even if others don’t see it in you, and especially if you can’t see it in you.
Remember, love God with all your heart. Love others the way Jesus loves you. And make sure all the glory goes to Him. And don’t forget that God’s love is not a feeling, but His whole heart, a heart for you.