What if you’re not feeling it?

She sends me an email.

Or walks up to me at a conference.

Maybe whispers it across the table at lunch.

It starts with something like, “I know I’m called to write or speak or cook or do spreadsheets but (and her voice gets lower here) what about the days when I’m just not feeling it?”

I nod. Because I know. Oh, how I know.

What I don’t know is how our culture has convinced us that any other skill is okay to practice but if it’s spiritual or art or both then you have to feel it every time.

The summer Olympics are still fresh on our minds. I’m picturing an interviewer asking an athlete, “How often do you practice?” And the reply being, “When I feel like it.”

We don’t ever hear that from athletes at that level.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. — Aristotle

What do you do when you don’t feel it? You do it anyway. Again and again and again.

It’s different if you don’t know what God wants you to do. But if you know that words, or food, or corporate work is your thing then you do it. Over and over again.

That’s stewardship–which really just means taking good care of what you’ve been given and making the most of it.

So if guilt has been chasing your around and yelling in your ear about how you can’t do something unless you really feel it then it’s time to kick guilt to the curb.

Do it.

Do it today.

Do it tomorrow.

Do it for the rest of your life.

And when you get Home to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant” you’ll feel what really matters most–the joy of your Master.

Comments

  1. Dianne Wilhoit says

    I know I am called to serve, and I do serve with the Women’s Ministry at my church. Sometimes I have this deep down feeling that I need to do something more with my life, but, I just don’t know what it is. Please keep me in your prayers.

  2. Angela Carr says

    I always feel lost. I have no idea even what my path is suppose to be or what God wants from me. How do we find out what we are suppose to do with our lives? Where we belong?

    • RF says

      Angela,

      I just get a sense that God wants you to rest in Him, and He wants to give you peace. He loves you so much! And He’s so pleased with your desire to please Him. Most of all, He wants to have a deep and meaningful relationship with you. He wants to show you how much He loves you. So you don’t need to worry about finding that “exact right path” that God wants you to walk. First focus on God, getting to know Him more personally, through quiet time with Him and reading the Bible. Then He will direct you into more specific areas He has for you.

      If you are looking for what you can do right now to obey God, Matthew 22:37-38 come to mind:
      Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

      I hope this makes sense! God bless you!

      • Holley says

        Beautifully said, RF. And, Angela, you can download a free set of worksheets on this page of the blog: http://holleygerth.com/books-and-more/. It will help you explore more about who you are and what you’re called to do. So maybe that’s a starting place too. But, yes, as RF says the most important thing is to rest in knowing you’re already deeply loved.

        • says

          Holley, Thanks for this link to the work pages for “You’re Already Amazing”. I am going through a new season in my life, so my “work” for Jesus has changed. These worksheets will help me tighten up my plans, and build my confidence in what I am embarking on for God. After a 5 year struggle with cancer, I am healed by God, and looking for the new direction God is sending me. I believe it is teaching and writing, so I am setting out with God, little steps…

  3. Cheryl says

    Bravo Holley! This is so true! I have a servant’s heart & love helping people. I’m a giver and love doing it. It is my joy. There is one thing however has been gnawing at me to do & I just keep putting it off with one excuse after another. Well, no more. God bless you! I love getting your emails and pray as you bless others, God will bless you ten-fold! Have a blessed week!! <3

  4. Mary says

    Holly,

    What a timely devotion. When I am really struggling and can click on a devtional that seems to speak directly to me, I know at God really hear me and loves me. I know that it was not by accident or chance that this would be the subject of your devotional.

    Than you for being obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

    Be Blessed.

    • Holley says

      Thank you, Mary. I wrote this about a week ago and it’s funny because today I’m not feeling it! Ha! Glad God keeps reminding all of our hearts of what we need right when we need it.

  5. Cammi says

    It’s like that with my Bible. Sometimes I’m so tired, I just want to kick back. Reading first thing in the morning works best; but sometimes, that’s not possible. The whole day goes better when I read. It’s the getting started that takes perseverance.

    • Holley says

      It’s the little details that takes perseverance…love how you said that. Especially true for us big picture dreamers!

  6. Debbie says

    I really thought you were going down a different path and was going to tell us “it’s okay” –
    but… I’m really kinda glad you said, “Do it anyway.” I NEEDED to hear that and really at the end of the day, I AM glad I forged ahead. It’s nice to hear it from a friend and one that put it in a nice way. Bless you for your talent in writing and expressing the love of God.

  7. Jan says

    This is SO true, Holley. I frequently don’t feel like doing something God’s called me to do. Then I remind myself that if God’s called me to it – I’ve GOT TO DO IT!!! Once I take that action, I feel so blessed afterward!! I’m given the grace to continue and rewarded for my obedience!!

    Bless you!

    Jan

  8. Wendy says

    I enjoy reading your daily thoughts. Thanks. My thought after reading this one was ” what if God didn’t feel like sending His son to the cross that day”? So we pick up and carry on with Gods help all the way .

  9. says

    Thank you for always encouraging us, dear Holley! Even on the days when you don’t feel like it, you help us feel better and do what we are called to do! God bless you!

  10. Jan Macy says

    Our feelings are so fickle. We can NOT count on them. Therefore we can’t put a lot of weight into what we feel. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other.

    Feels are affected by our fatigue, illness, weather, other people, etc. Don’t trust them. Trust God

  11. Helen Bugaj says

    An awesome inspirational message, Holley!! Thank you!! I sometimes quote you on FB, including your name of course, but it’s going to be hard to extract a few words from this one. It’s not a mouthful; it’s a full meal! lol!

  12. Friend says

    This is a great message. I even passed it on to someone who needed to hear it (own it) too…

    Thank you.

    P.S. I do not have Facebook, so please do not stop posting on this site!!

  13. Lydia says

    Thank you, Holley! How true that we cannot wait until we feel like it. When I give in to that, then I feel so dissatisfied at the end of the day. When I JUST DO IT, then I begin to feel good while doing what I have put off, and I enjoy the finished result. Thank you! I need that reminder today! God bless you for your encouragement!

  14. tammy says

    Wow!!!!!! I just needed to here that. Just do it anyway even when we don’t feel like it.

    We have such an awesome God.

  15. Diana says

    I sooooo needed to hear this today! God is definitely working through you to reach so many that need to hear His voice. Thank you for doing it even when you don’t feel like it! <3

  16. Holly Wright says

    very nice Holley…..thank you so much. I wish I knew this, had someone telling me this, when I was a young person!

  17. says

    Beautiful truthful words Holley!! thanks so much for sharing and for encouraging us to do the things we are called to do even on days when we don’t feel like it!!

  18. says

    I know exactly what you’re talking of in this post as I’ve felt this way all last week & thru the weekend. We’ve been slow here at the car lot & just makes me not feel it at all. Thank you for sharing. I will continue as I know this is what God has brought me to do…& will continue doing it through the “not feeling it days”. :)

  19. debbie delong says

    You are truly amazing, Gods gifted talent. I love how you make me feel as though
    You and I are sittig across from one another sharing our hearts. I’m blessed by you

  20. Holley says

    Thanks so much for all your thoughts and comments. I’ve been reading through them at the end of a long day and you encourage me more than you know!!

  21. Karen says

    This is just what I needed this morning! God knew it and He used you to remind me. Thanks for being there Holley.

  22. says

    Well, that’s the second thing I read in the last 24 hours that basically said, do it anyway. Do hard things. Do something no one else is doing. And then….be ok with it.

    Got the message Lord. Got it. :) Thanks Holley!

  23. Dea says

    And how can He say “Well, done…” if we don’t take what He has given us to do seriously…those plans he prepared beforehand that we should walk in them…: ” Good word, Holley!

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  25. gail smith says

    Thank you!! I needed this!! I am staying 90% of time with 83yr aunt (my nieces other time) whoo lost husband in Oct, compressed fractured back from trying to sit him up, then in Jan. her baby brother who lived with them had stroke and passed 3 wks later. she is still confused at times . she wants to visit her sis in fla . but not want ‘woman driving not safe’ I am 49 and made the trip lots times!

  26. Javene McCabe says

    A great reminder for me as i was away for a week and came home to the “every day” issues. I am reminded that I should just do it, get it done and then i know i will feel better about whatever “it” is. Thanks Holley for your posts, they always mean so much. O , I was just thinking how glad I am that Jesus obeyed the Father and never told Him “no I just don’t feel like doing that today!” He always obeyed…even in the garden when things got tough and He asked His Father to take the cup….He obeyed….PTL

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