Feelings.

  I feel tired.  Not just physically, though between work and today being a training day for my upcoming 5k, that factors in too.  Sometimes you run into periods in your life that truly test your resolve.  Sometimes you feel like giving up or running from the issue is really the only thing that would bring you any peace.  These are the times that our faith is tested.  Shortcuts are often easy to find.  Real integrity doesn’t always bring any instant satisfaction.  Relying and waiting on God to bring us through the situation can be rough.  But following our heart can be deadly.  In Jeremiah 17:9 the Bible says “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” 

 

   I think we live in a time where the heart is both under and overvalued.  We make huge life decisions based off of where our heart sits that day.  If our heart can so easily be wrong, why is it that we don’t put ourselves into prayer and lead our heart more often towards the right way?  If the heart lead to a righteous path, then our need for instruction and faith would be non existent.  I’m not very good at placing myself into a position to succeed without God’s help.  But when led the right way, our emotions can be a powerful tool.  Granting us the ability to love and serve with a greater passion.  Allowing us to be empathetic towards those in pain.  Going back to help those who’ve wronged us.  But living in a society that is so preoccupied with appearances, we often downplay the ways the heart can help.  We men are especially bad at caring more about not looking soft than we are letting a good friend know that we care that he’s having a hard time.  The care we show those people close in life is love.  I love my family.  I love my friends.  I do my best to show love to those I don’t know.  Jesus said that loving God with all of your heart, soul, and mind was the greatest commandment.  The second greatest being to love your neighbor like you love yourself.  He’s called us to use our love to bless those around us.  I don’t believe we can do that while only following our hearts, as it will rarely put us in a place to serve.  I think that means that we also should be bold enough to love those around us with purpose. 

Thanks for reading and God bless.

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