action into feelings – nurturing our relationship with God

“We live in what one writer has called the “age of sensation.”  We think that if we don’t feel something there can be no authenticity in doing it.  But the wisdom of God says something different: that we can act ourselves into a new way of feeling much quicker than we can feel ourselves into a new way of acting.  Worship is an act that develops feelings for God, not a feeling for God that is expressed in an act of worship.  When we obey the command to praise God in worship, our deep, essential need to be in relationship with God is nurtured.”
-Eugene Peterson, “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction,” p. 54

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