We often hear the term…”follow your heart.” We all have done that, likely, more so than we should have. Let’s examine a few things. I have always “delayed” hiring people after the first interview; even for less important jobs. Example: I have interviewed people that, after the interview, I thought: WOW…that guy has “everything” that I want in an employee. He’s perfect for the job….on and on. But, I wait, and several days later, after interviewing others for the same job, and “usually” discover that the “perfect employee,” is not perfect at all, and would have been the worst possible choice.
Then another example: To Dad and Mom: This is the perfect girl for me… she’s the girl of my dreams…she reminds me so much of Mom. Then, a few weeks later, maybe a month, or better yet; when you’ve returned from two weeks of military active training….what we use to call “summer camp.” After returning, and having been away from her for two weeks…wow…absolutely the wrong girl for me.
And, how about the “perfect job.” It’s the job that I’ve always wanted… the one I’ve worked for, and trained for, for the last 5 years…I WANT that JOB! Then, someone else gets the job…. And you move on…to another opportunity…. Which turns out to be the “best job I’ve ever had.”
My point: following “your heart,” is not always the best thing to do. But, we’ve all done it at some point in time during our career and personal lives.
ALSO… we do the same thing in our “spiritual lives.” We get confused with “following our heart,” and doing what makes us “feel good.” Heart…vs feel good? Too often, we think that doing “what feels good,” is the same as “following our heart.” And to some…. It is the same thing. Because of man’s foolish nature…we get confused…yeah; that’s been my excuse. But wait; let’s not confuse….being CONFUSED, with being STUPID, with being SELFISH, with being “all about ME.” It makes “no difference,” rather it’s a career issue, a social issue, a family issue, or a SPIRITUAL issue.
All the “issues” feed into the spiritual issue. It is the spiritual issue where the “buck-stops.” If you “clean-up” the spiritual issue, then you’ve cleared the “other issues,” by default. They’re not only “connected….. They are FUSED together. They become ONE!
Think a minute: following your heart might be no different that “following a drunk.” Or, following a bank robber; or car thief, or the lead-man in a gang-rape. BTW…anyone of these people could be a “man or a woman.” Meaning: a guy following his “heart,” …..Well, he might be following his “girl-friend.”
Then you have a “Hitler” who was so “charismatic” that thousands of people “followed their heart.” So, again, following one’s heart… might get you into “big trouble.” Matthew 15:19 – For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: Proverbs 3:5-7 – Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.