“Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” (Psalm 86:11 KJV) “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32 NIV)
I was walking for therapy after a stressful day—only today, the therapy backfired.
Three or four “Debbie downers” in a row floated from my iPod; a maniacal little device. They were fantastic songs, but were hitting below the belt.
My musical world plunged into a melancholy state and my emotions went haywire. I base lots of decisions on my momentary feelings. Some choices turn out okay; some I regret.
When I allow my emotions to be manipulated, I end up feeling tossed around like a hurricane. In a world of emotional stimulation, how can I possibly avoid the stupid decisions?
The answer is truth. And don’t get me wrong: music, movies, and books can all contain things that are true. Emotions aren’t bad either, but they don’t consistently lead us to truth. And when I say “truth,” I mean the one with the capital “T.”
God’s Truth in his Bible is solid. It’s what He gave us to hold onto when our emotions are telling us to feel five different things at once. His Word never changes, though our thoughts may change.
Isn’t it reassuring to know that we have this source of ultimate Truth when life is unsure? Fill your head—and especially your heart—with real things, true things. Be purposeful about it, so you can fight with your Truth if you need to.
Our emotions can change with what we’re listening to at the moment. I’ve made some bad decisions based on music-initiated emotions. But I’ve learned that when I’m feeling a little crazy, I can go to God’s Word for reality. His Truth has always steers me straight. When my iPod attacks again, this time I’ll be prepared.
Melissa Weaver is a 21-year-old English major at North Greenville University where she is editor of the school’s literary magazine The Mountain Laurel. She minors in French (that’s the rumor, anyway) and enjoys bookstore clearance sales, adding as many classic novels as possible to her bookshelves. A native of Charleston, SC, she loves music (especially British), writing poetry, trying on funny hats, drawing with sidewalk chalk, and hitting the beach during the summers home. (read more…)