The Choice of Love: Why I Stopped “Following My Heart”

wifiemmott:

This had been very well said.
I hope you will enjoy and be challenged by this eloquent blog by ForteEBello.

Originally posted on Forte E Bello:

beautiful couple kissing on the beach on a sunny morning The other night I watched the movie Dan in Real Life in which a 16 year old punk kid says so eloquently to Steve Carrel, “love is an ability, not a feeling”. It reminded me of a discussion I had with a friend just weeks prior about whether love is a choice or a feeling. Culture says love is all about feelings and “following your heart”. Our encouragement to others typically is, “what is your heart telling you to do?”  But I realized something while thinking/praying through this seemingly innocent piece of advice the other night.  What we often don’t realize is that our heart is “deceitful”.  Jeremiah 17:9 says, “the heart is deceitful above all things”. The Hebrew word used here describes an inflated, prideful vanity, a characteristic that is corruption and self-serving. Yet, culture puts the heart in the same realm as puppy dogs and rainbows. We view…

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Wake

Dreaming in vivid technicolor
Shouldn’t leave you with a headache -
You were not made in black and white.

Not simply the sum of all your
experiences thus far,
There is nothing missed out,
Nothing kissed out, spat out,
That cannot be drawn out,
And painted into the canvas of your life,
Bold and bright,
Waking up more beautiful than when it
dropped into lethargic stupor.

Where there is life -
There is hope.

The one who drew you from the dust, Beloved,
Speaks your name,
Whispers -
‘Wake’!