Monday, July 21, 2014

Musing Mondays: Reasons You Shouldn't Follow Your Heart

Everybody tells you to embrace yourselves, to follow your heart, follow your dreams.

Yeah, no.

I don't think so.

Don't get me wrong. Having a heart is good--it's what makes us human. We have passions and desires and the ability to love. We have dreams, and the power to chase them.

But only doing the things that YOU want to do can send you down on a long, narrow path full of selfishness, sin, and millions of other terrible things that you most certainly have the potential to do.

1. Our hearts are inherently evil.

Society didn't make us evil. We inherently are evil. We were born with the potential to do dastardly deeds. We sin because we're sinners--it's a simple theological truth. I might think I'm a decent person--after all, I haven't murdered anyone--but I have the means and the potential to murder someone. And I've murdered plenty of people in my heart probably millions of times. Our hearts are inherently evil.

2. Because our hearts are inherently evil, we can't trust them.

We're human. We all murder, lust, steal, lie, cheat, and are selfish in our hearts. Why should we trust and follow something that is murderous, lustful, klepto, etc., etc.? 

Would you follow something that's evil? What if Hitler told you, "Come on, let's go kill some Jews!" Would you follow him?

"No!" you shout at me. "I'm not a Hitler or one of his minions! And I never will be!"

But look at all the people who followed him. 
And look at all of us, following our own passions and desires without looking up towards the One who really deserves the glory.

3. Because we can't trust our hearts, we need to turn to God.

Romans 3:23 is a common verse--"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Yet I feel like sometimes Romans 3:24, the verse after it, is overlooked--"and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."

We don't have to rely on our heartless minds and our mindless hearts anymore. We can rely on Jesus! We're justified by the grace that He proved on the cross, and we don't have to do anything in return. When we rely on Him to get through life, we tame our hearts and our souls. We learn how to give up everything we've ever wanted or dreamed and cling to Him.

God's plans may differ from our plans. So while it's good to have self-motivation and to follow your dreams, never forget Who we're living for and Who saved us when we had nowhere to turn. 

Has there ever been a time when you followed your heart and ended up in the wrong place? 


  1. Opposite of what "Mulan" is saying ;)

    1. Haha, yeah, and just about every other Disney movie...