Doing What Comes Naturally

Doing What Comes Naturally

"Doing what comes naturally" was the song title of a hit tune not many years ago.

Doing the natural thing—the act or word that comes on first impulse—isn't always the best way to act or speak. How many words we all wish we could recall—those we uttered without thinking. Or, consider the brash deeds that caused irreparable damage—done in thoughtlessness.

Hasty action can even result in our own destruction. Once an English missionary was sleeping on his back in his jungle hut. He awoke with a great feeling of heaviness on his chest and stomach. He opened his eyes slowly, just a peep, and peered out. To his horror he saw a large cobra, coiled atop his body, ready to strike!

Now the natural thing would have been to shriek in horror (or else pass out completely). But the Englishman knew that even the slightest move would mean death. Within a split second the venomous beast would sink its fangs in his face. Death would come within minutes.

Summoning his complete resources, the missionary prayed to God. Closing his eyes to avoid the snake's attention, he silently asked God to give him absolute control of his natural impulses. Not a muscle quivered. Not a tremor to reveal his terror. Within a short time the serpent slithered to the floor and outside. The missionary lived because he avoided what seemed natural.

Some of our natural impulses are good. Some aren't. Yielding to the right ones and controlling the wrong ones are part of a Christian's development.

Imagine this: You are taking a mathematics test. The teacher is out of the room. You're in trouble. You can't get four problems. Without them, you fail. By looking at your neighbor's paper, you can pass. Shall you control this natural impulse? Lack of control means you pass the math test but fail the character test.

You see a schoolmate abused, ridiculed, slighted, or made miserable and lonely through neglect. Your Christian, human impulse is to take his part. To do so means putting yourself on the spot. The natural thing in this case is to help the underdog. Yield to that impulse! You'll never be sorry.

We're all filled with natural impulses. Fortunately, more of them are good than bad. We are God's children. We have temptations aplenty. But we are made in his image. This means the Godlike qualities cry out for expression.

If we yielded to the temptations we have to do good, the bad ones wouldn't get in edgewise. We'd be so busy becoming God­like, doing his will, helping our fellow man, we'd have little time for the wrong impulses.

Obey that impulse you know is the right one! Do what comes naturally—especially when you feel in your heart God wants you to.

You'll never be sorry!

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