Every week—whether I am scheduled to preach or not—I have written at least one sermon.  This is a habit / discipline I began from day #1 as a new pastor at Immanuel, Belvidere, IL almost 30 years ago.

To be honest—there were weeks when I sure didn’t feel like doing it: weeks when I did not feel good, weeks I felt extra busy, and even weeks I was on vacation.  Even now that I am “retired” from actively serving a church, I still write (and record) a weekly message.

Back in the70s we often said: If it feels good, do it.  Many people carry a version of that philosophy into their spiritual life: If it doesn’t feel good, don’t bother.

There’s something to understand about worship, prayer, Bible study, ministry, holiness, obedience, and pursuing your purpose in life: Sometimes when you do these things, they come with a wave of emotion.   And sometimes they don’t.  Sometimes you feel it, and sometimes you don’t.

When you’re not feeling it, do you know what the best thing you can possibly do is?  Go through the motions.  Going through the motions, even when you’re not full of emotions, is the way to build consistency.

Is it better when we can do everything with a happy feeling inside?  Of course—but feelings come and go—our commitment to doing it right needs to remain constant.

So, going through the motions is not always a bad thing.  It helps you establish a pattern of consistency in your life.  It marks the difference between living a life based on whim and living a life based on purpose.