Don’t Follow Your Heart

“So, where are you going to college?”

“What’s your major?”

“What kind of job are you looking for?”

“Graduate school on your mind?”

“Are you going to marry him?”

“Where will you live?”

“So, do you have a five-year plan yet?”

I’ve been asked all of these questions—some more than a few times—over the course of the last eight years. Maybe they sound eerily familiar to you. Maybe you remember the panicky feeling clouding those questions more than the people who asked them. Maybe you’re desperate to answer a few of them right now.

I teach high school students who are just on the cusp of the top of that question list. They tend to answer questions with feelings, a follow-your-heart approach.

“I just felt at home on that college tour.”

“We have been going out for a year. I just feel like he’s the one.”

“I don’t feel important. I feel like I should be doing something different.”

I still fall prey to this pattern. I have strong feelings, and I like to use them to make snap decisions or justify goals. Maybe you’re not like me, and you only use logic to make decisions. Maybe you took the job because you were good at it, it made sense, and you’re set with a 401(k). Maybe your five-year plan is up to speed!

What if God wants more from you, though? What if instead of trying to find the perfect, heartfelt answers, we aren’t asking the best questions?

What if we always asked, “Does this bring glory to God?”

When I am tempted to say “Yes!” to any and every good opportunity that arises, I want to be a woman who remembers to be slow to speak and quick to listen. In other words, open the Bible! Sometimes saying no to good things is glorifying to God. Doesn’t He want me to delight in Him, not the effort I put forth or the choices I make?

Choosing the best over the better is choosing eternity over everything else. The heart is deceitful, and God’s thoughts are always higher than man’s thoughts. Choosing the best over the better means turning to the Bible for every answer, big or small.

 

Rebekah Bundy has worked as a writer and copy editor and is excited about teaching secondary education this fall. She and her husband are passionate about international missions and discipleship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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