Carl Lentz Shares the Advice He Gave When 9-Year-Old Son Said He Didn’t Feel Like Going to Church

Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz revealed that his son, Roman, was honest about not wanting to attend church. The father taught him a valuable life lesson.

“In my feelings,” Lentz revealed on Instagram Wednesday, “my son recently told me ‘Dad, I don’t feel like going to church. We are there ALL THE TIME.”

The minister said his son’s comments were sincere and he proceeded to offer advice that adults need to hear as well.

“I was able to tell him what apparently many of us adults still need to hear: ‘feelings are great. They are important. But they are not the dominant factor in how we live our lives! If our feelings match our convictions? Fantastic. I’ve just found that it’s often that is the exception, not the norm,” he shared.

 

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“In my feelings”… my son recently told me “dad, I dont feel like going to church. We are there ALL THE TIME.” It was very cute and sincere and I was able to tell him what apparently many of us adults still need to hear: feelings are great. They are important. But they are not the dominant factor in how we live our lives! If our feelings match our convictions? Fantastic. I’ve just found that it’s often that is the exception, not the norm. In fact, most of the incredible things God calls us to do? Do not come with an accompanying “good vibe.” Loving your enemy, does not always feel good. Sacrificial giving, does not always feel good. Forgiving people who hurt you, almost NEVER “feels right.” Going to church, doesnt always feel good! But these things are still RIGHT. When that day comes, when your feelings rage against your conviction, remember how blessed we are to control our feelings, rather than being controlled by them. It’s worth it every time! Roman randomly asked me unprompted to “say hi to the church” this past Sunday. So he did. He said “dad i didnt really feel like it, but I’m glad I did, I think I helped people.” He was right! “In my convictions” is where I want to stay…and i pray the same for my son! #occupyallstreets #romanthelion #longcaptioncaptain

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Lentz explained that most of the incredible things God calls His followers to do never come with an accompanying “good vibe.” The Pentecostal pastor then referenced what Jesus says to do in the Bible.

“Loving your enemy does not always feel good. Sacrificial giving does not always feel good. Forgiving people who hurt you almost NEVER feels right,” Lentz continued.

The leader then responded to his junior’s “cute” remarks.

“Going to church doesn’t always feel good! But these things are still RIGHT. When that day comes, when your feelings rage against your conviction, remember how blessed we are to control our feelings, rather than being controlled by them. It’s worth it every time!” the doting father taught.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law