It’s the dogma of our curent culture: follow your heart. It’s such a part of who we think we are, of how we think we should make decisions, of what we strive to reach, that we’ve accepted it as capital-t True.
But it’s not true. At all.
Follow your heart to…NOT heaven.
If you’re aiming for heaven, then your heart isn’t the best guide to get there. For that matter, I don’t think your heart’s a good judge of happiness or satisfaction much of the time, either. The path to hell may be paved with good intentions, and I’ll bet it’s also lined with people who followed their hearts.
Follow your heart to…NOT right.
Depending on the formation of your conscience, the color of the sky, or the way you want things to turn out, your feelings may or may not lead you to “right,” properly defined.
Follow your heart to…wait a minute, change that…
How often have you found your feelings changed—by the passage of time, the color of the sky, your mood? How often do you lose the taste for an activity, a pursuit, or a person who not so long ago you was the chocolate topping to your very existence?
Our feelings can be a barometer for decisions, but they should not be our only baseline. Like the weather here in Ohio, feelings change far too frequently to be the foundation for decisions that can shape our eternity.
Follow your heart…or better yet, DON’T.
Your heart’s going to lead you, if you let it. It will lead you to eating potato chips and chocolate for meals and sitting around doing nothing for exercise. It will lead you to what feels good and what looks nice and what you want.
Except, as parents have been telling their kids for decades, what you think you want probably isn’t what’s best for you.
Find something better to follow, like the Church. She’s immovable, unchanging, and reliable. Her goal is to lead you to heaven.
Copyright © 2013, Sarah Reinhard