November 5, 2013

Life Lesson 1: Don’t Follow Your Heart

For years we have heard the expression, “follow your heart”. Whom do you date? Whom do you love? Whom do you marry?  The decision is usually based upon following your heart.  Roxette sang a famous catchy song that says, “listen to your heart”. Following your heart seems to be the popular answer. When faced with a decision, people will quickly tell you to follow your heart.  They’re not giving you an answer or some type of guidance — they’re basically telling you to do whatever feels right or whatever it is that you want to do.

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The problem is, my heart is deceitful. It can’t be trusted.  Jeremiah 17:29 says that the heart is deceitful and desperately sick.

Our hearts tell us to be rude to someone that upsets us. The truth is they are having a bad day and need grace.

Our hearts tell us to talk about a friend that annoys us. The truth is that we should be loyal and discuss the issue and work it out.

Our hearts tell us to leave our spouse and to seek comfort in another mate. The truth is our mate is our gift. No one else knows us like they do.

“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” Matthew 15:19

Those are pretty strong accusations.  Solomon is considered to be one of the wisest men that ever lived. He warned us to “guard our heart above all else”.  God’s idea is not that we would follow our heart, but that we would guard it.

The problem is, our emotions lie to us. They tell us we’re not pretty enough, not thin enough, not good at our job, that people don’t like us, that our spouses are lousy, that we could do better, and that we need things we can’t afford.

Emotions aren’t bad things. It’s important to realize that they are emotions; they are not dictators.

Feelings are indicators, not dictators.  ~Lysa TerKeurst, Proverbs 31 Ministries

Feelings can indicate where your heart is in the moment but that doesn’t mean they have the right to boss you around. You are more than the sum total of your feelings!

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Karen

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