Follow your Heart OR Not?
Follow your heart they say. It’s a nice saying, that makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside, but really, is this a good idea?
Let’s think about it. Your heart is where your emotions dwell, it’s a part of your soul. It’s our feeler center, where we experience love, hate, anger, bitterness, happiness etc., Because we are human, it is a natural inclination to want to follow our feelings or our hearts. Go with what you feel, right? Or not? If everybody did what they felt like doing, our society would be in a bigger mess than we are today!
Unfortunately, the things that we are seeing play out in society today are just that, people following their hearts and being led by their feelings. What’s in our hearts provides the fuel for action. Every school shooting and terrorist act was carried out by someone who had hatred and bitterness in their hearts, which provided them the fuel to carry out these horrendous acts.
We often think of this saying when it comes to matters of love. But even then, simply following your heart is not something wise to do. You can love someone that is toxic or simply not for you, but because those feelings are there and you’re ‘following your heart’, this can lead you down a long, empty, and maybe even dangerous road.
We must be balanced in all areas of ourselves. Remember we are a 3 part being:
- Spirit (the innermost part of us, where God lives)
- Soul (mind, will, emotions/heart)
- Body (flesh and blood)
God, the Creator of all, says it best in the Bible where He warns us that the heart is wicked and to guard our hearts with all diligence.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. -Proverbs 4:23
The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it? -Jeremiah 17:9
So the next time someone advises you to follow your heart, think again!
Until next time…Be Healthy, Be Whole, Be You!