Baptism Blahs
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Baptism Blahs

I don't feel any different. Is something wrong with me?
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Q. I got baptized a few days ago and I wasn't that excited or emotional. I just didn't feel different. What's wrong with me?

A. There's not anything wrong with you. Emotions are wonderful, but we can't judge experiences based solely on how we feel. If something is good and right (and publicly declaring your commitment to Jesus certainly is!), then it's good and right whether you feel a high or not. I'm guessing you'll eventually have a real sense of gratitude and joy for what your baptism signifies. So just hang in there, trusting and serving God—in spite of your feelings.

Marshall, a former pastor, is editor of Leadership, a magazine for pastors.

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