The Dangers of Following Your Heart

In a few weeks I am going to a Casting Crowns concert with a friend. One of the opening bands is Sanctus Real. Since I wasn’t familiar with their music I decided to get their newest CD to listen to before the concert. The whole CD, called “Pieces of a Real Heart,” is pretty good. But as usually happens with a new CD one song in particular stood out for me. It’s called “Dear, Heart.” I found this great video of it on YouTube with cute stick figures.

This song reminded me of a passage from Jeremiah:

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
      and desperately wicked.
      Who really knows how bad it is?
But I, the Lord, search all hearts
      and examine secret motives.
   I give all people their due rewards,
      according to what their actions deserve.”
Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT).

It got me thinking about how my own heart has led me into trouble, looking for love and happiness where it can’t be found. I know sometimes my heart fools me into thinking material possessions will provide happiness.

One thing that has been on my mind lately has been my jewelry collection. I like jewelry, a lot, and I own more than a person could possibly need. I even sometimes pride myself on getting jewelry for a good price. But jewelry doesn’t really provide me with the love and happiness I need to truly live. I’ve been wondering lately how I would feel if tomorrow it was all gone. I know that if I think I can’t live without it then I’ve let my heart deceive me.

Greater than all the jewels of the world is the love of Jesus, and no one can ever take that away from me. I pray that my desire for material possessions – jewelry or otherwise – never get between me and my God.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


6 Responses

  1. I’m so glad to be here, Linda. 🙂 You always feed me and give me music too! I have to wait to listen to the song . . .have a sleepy girl beside me. But I have heard of Sanctus Real. One of their songs has been played a lot here on the radio . . .”Lead Me”. It has impacted husbands and fathers for their families and I love hearing the testimonies. I shared it with a friend and she got the CD for her hubby to listen to that song.
    What you have to say about following our hearts has been something I’ve wondered about before. It is a popular thought . . .how often is the advice given to follow your heart??? lots! I know I’ve even read a Christian author who wrote about our hearts and following them. So, when we think about this, is what we really are following then, His heart? His Holy Spirit?
    God bless you and all the ways you glorify Him and keep seeking Him and His heart for you!

    • Deb, The song “Lead Me” is on this same CD as “Dear Heart.” It’s a really great song, too.
      I really want to follow His heart, because I know mine has led me in the wrong direction more than once. He always leads me in the best direction! Peace, Linda

  2. Wonderful post and well timed! Just completed my Beth Moore homework for small group that meets tomorrow. Today’s focus was the heart!
    Blessings, April

  3. Thanks Linda

    Beautiful song. I love the simple reality that only Jesus can save my heart. P.S. Never heard of this group before. Thanks for the intro.


    • Ann, I am happy to introduce them, and am looking forward to seeing them in concert. I do love the last line of the song, “Only Jesus can save us now.” But I think my favorite line is, “Ohheart, you’ve let me down, chasing love where it can’t be found.” I mentioned just one thing, but there are so many places that people chase love when true love is found only in Jesus. Peace, Linda

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