When one is on a journey, to a destination miles and miles away, somewhere they have never been, what is it they need first?
Well, some people can go down a long list of things they need, but you’re not getting anywhere without directions.
I’ve come to notice, there can be directions of multiple kinds. Depends on who you ask, and how well they know the route. A map is always reliable, right? Unless of course roads have been wiped out and erased over the years since the map was printed. A GPS on the other hand should be more reliable, right? Unless you forget to charge it, or it hasn’t been updated in years. So it’s in charge of the owner to make sure it’s updated and charged, but what if your journey is longer than the battery life??? So as far as a lifelong walking companion, GPS is out. What about a friend? Well, friends can (if you know the right ones) stick by you the rest of your life, but they don’t know what’s up ahead anymore than you do. So while they’ll be helpful, you still need direction. So… what’s left?
I’m sure you’ve heard the whole “follow your heart” deal, right? It’s real big in this world. So why not try your heart eh? Let’s see… What do we look for in directions? Understanding, accuracy, simplicity, and honesty.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle no one can figure out.
I don’t know about you, but directions from something dark, deceitful and a puzzle no one can figure out don’t exactly sound reliable.
So why are so many people following it?
Because you don’t have to commit to following your heart, it’s ‘easy’, we’re all told to follow our hearts, so what else are we expected to do?
Perhaps following your heart is dangerous… Your heart will go against your motives and morals. Your heart will abandon what you love. Love is a verb, not a feeling. Trust God, not your emotions. When you base love as a feeling instead of an action, it falls on the other person to make you feel loved instead of your responsibility to love them no matter how hard it gets.
What with everything being easier nowadays, I guess they decided love should be easier too huh? Well, that’s one thing that backfired. Following something so undependable has made us undependable.
1 John 2:15-17 Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
The world will keep you wanting, it tells you to follow your heart and then sways your heart to it’s ways. It’s an easy trap to fall into, a hard one to get out of.
Live long and prosper, Tori Lynn.