In his Eulogy of Brother Lawrence, Abbe’ of Beaufort wrote: “[Brother Lawrence] decided to seek entrance into a monastic community in order to embrace a type of life whose rules, founded on the firm rock of Jesus Christ and not on the unstable sand of passing feelings, might strengthen him against the instability of his conduct.”
“…and not on the unstable sand of passing feelings…”
Doesn’t it seem that feelings are the foundation of our modern culture?
How do you feel?
How did that make you feel?
What are you feeling now?
Does it feel good?
Isn’t there an entire self-help industry built on the study and glorification of feelings? Aren’t our children taught to honor their feelings over self-discipline and principles? Isn’t it all about how we feel?
Time to refill my cup and begin my day – not focused on the unstable sand of feelings but on the firm rock of Jesus Christ, so that I might be strengthened against the instability of [my] conduct.