In my teen years I found that I had one thing after another that I loved. Sometimes it was a new band that I thought was the best thing ever. Another it was a new sport or video game that was SO cool! Often it was a cute girl at school who caught my eye.
But often, just as quickly as I found this new thing I loved, I found that my passion for it didn't last. The songs from the band got old. The novelty of the game wore off and it turned out that cute girl wasn't very nice. It turned out that my passions often came and went quickly.
As adults we are still tempted to make too much of feelings that are fleeting or maybe even false. We want to buy a new car with all the newest tech, but we can't afford the payments. We search for a new job, just to find that the grass wasn't really greener after all. A new relationship sounds exciting, till we find our problems follow us no matter where we go.
We must be careful to follow what is true and not just what we feel. There is such a thing as right and wrong. There is such a thing as good and bad. There are lines that should not be crossed. There are things that God says are sinful. Our culture is pushing us to blur lines and reconsider societal rules...and yet we must stand firm on what we know is true so that we can do what is right and good.
Romans 1:25 says "they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator." I pray these words would never be true of us. We may feel tempted to do things, but if God's word says we should not...we should not. We may want to give in to pressure to conform, but we must stand strong and do what is right in God's eyes...not man's.
Let us not be like the sands, pushed and pulled by the changing tides. Let us stand strong on the truth of God's word both now and always.