Why You Should Be Ruled By Your Emotions
You should be ruled by your feelings. Imagine a day where you instantly responded to the world around you out of emotion. What would it look like? Would you set the roads on fire with rage or throw a fit waiting for your morning coffee? Most of us don't look favorably towards our own feelings. They have earned a reputation for being unreliable and untrustworthy. Some of our greatest mistakes were driven by emotion instead of thought. But what if your feelings didn't lead you astray?
Dallas Willard tells us how the modern decision making process is influenced by how we feel. He suggests that people today are faced with an unprecedented amount of decisions and fall back on the most humanistic form of decision making: our feelings.1 The obvious problem with emotion based decisions is that we don't always feel right. Sometimes our emotions run contrary to Christ and, "turn [our] life into a mere drift through the days and years, which addictive behavior promises to allow them to endure."2