Follow Your Heart? Please Don’t!

“Follow your heart!” Is this really good advice?

“Follow your heart.”

That phrase is such a popular quote and it is probably one of the worst pieces of advice to give! Now, I know some people are already like, what is this guy talking about?? Well let me explain…

Let’s start with a verse from the Bible (because the Bible is always a good place to start!), in Jeremiah 17:9 it says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

This verse tells us that our heart is deceitful, or heart has a tendency or disposition to deceive or give false impressions, our heart isn’t honest with us. The heart is so deceitful that the Bible says it is deceitful ABOVE ALL THINGS!!!

The verse goes on to describe the heart is desperately wicked or it is wicked by extreme measures. The heart is more wicked than we can fathom.

So please tell me why “Follow your heart” is good advice?

How can I follow my heart if it is deceitful above all things?

How can I follow my heart if it is desperately wicked?

We wouldn’t tell our children to go get advice and counsel from a serial killer sitting on death row. We wouldn’t tell our children to go get advice and counsel from a serial rapist, pedophile or someone that we think is desperately wicked. So why do we tell them to “Follow your heart,” like that is sound advice!

“Follow your heart!” PLEASE DON’T!! Your heart will deceive you into thinking you are doing the right thing and at the end is destruction! Your heart will base your decisions on emotion and feeling and what you feel is right. There will be no logic, there will be no reason, just feel good stuff.

So what do we follow then? Well, I am glad you asked.

FOLLOW THE BIBLE!!!!!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.” Psalms 119:1-2

“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might no sin against thee.” Psalms 119:91-11

I say “Follow the Bible” before I say “Follow your heart.” The Bible is our guidebook for life, it is the map for the path that we should take. The Bible has never led anyone down the wrong path. The Bible has never failed anyone. The Bible will lead you the way you should go!

Because our heart is so wicked, the only way we have a chance in life is by trusting in the Lord with all your heart and not trusting in your own heart and your own understanding.

Because our heart is so wicked, we need to seek the Lord and His Word with our whole heart! When we seek Him with our whole heart, we are willing to do as He commands in His Word. Don’t tell me that you are seeking the Lord with your whole heart, when there are holes in your Christianity. If you seek Him with your whole heart, you will go soul winning, you will attend church, you will tithe, you will have a daily walk with Him, you will follow the standards that are laid out in the Bible….how much are you really seeking God?

Because our heart is so wicked, we need to hide the Word in our heart to help keep us from sinning against the Lord. When you have verses that you have memorized and tucked away in your heart and mind, they will pop up when that temptation pops up. Those verses will be there to help you do right and stay right!

So please don’t tell someone to “Follow your heart,” tell them to “Follow the Bible” instead, as it will take us the way we should go.

“Follow your heart!” PLEASE DON’T!!!!!

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Blogging Thoughts

About a eighteen months ago, I really started focusing on my website and this thing called blogging. There were times that I was all in and there were times where I struggled to stay focused.

Blogging is work, it is hard work sometimes. Writing, putting out good, quality content isn’t always easy. Than on top of that, if you want to be successful, you have to put out a lot of content.

Sometimes, when I tell people that I have a blog they say ‘Oh that’s cool’ but their look says ‘Oh sounds stupid and a waste of time.’ I have learned to ignore them and keep moving on.

There are others, that when I tell them, encourage me and tell me to keep writing and putting out content. For those, I am thankful!

I have one friend who is a game streamer and has channels on YouTube and Twitch that encourages me, motivates me, pushes me to do more and work harder. Sometimes I think to myself that, that is easy for him to say because he has no wife, no kids and his job is what he loves and enjoys doing! But than I look at him and realize that he has put in work to get to where he is at and that it didn’t happen overnight. He is loving what he is doing!

A few weeks ago at camp, I spent quite a bit of time with some of the other counsellors, who happen to be good friends. One is the pastor of a church down in Alabama, one is the youth pastor at the church I attend and the other is also on staff at the same church. Each one of these young men (and I say that as two of them are my age and I consider myself young) are totally loving and enjoying their life and what they are doing.

I started this blog as a way to put some of my thoughts down and just put good stuff out there, especially on social media. Social media is a dangerous place for anyone. There is all kinds of things that we shouldn’t partake in that are now so prevalent on social media. Social media isn’t going away any time soon. If it isn’t one platform that’s popular, it is another. Since there is so much bad on social media, I want to put some good out there on social media.

My first attempt at blogging was under the name Church Pew Motivation. I put a few blogs on that site and I let it sit, I didn’t do much with it. I came across WordPress and decided to start again. When I was thinking of a name for this site, I kept thinking about my life verse, I Timothy 1:12. In this verse there is a phrase that says, “…for that he counted me faithful…” Paul was counted faithful by Christ, therefore he was placed in the ministry. As a Christian, I too want to be counted faithful by Christ. I want Christ to look at me one day and say “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” From that thought, that verse, that motivation I found in that verse came the title of the site, Counted Faithful.

I always dream of what my site can do and achieve and the reach that it COULD have. I have big dreams but does my work equal my dreams? If I were to answer honestly, I would have to say no. I do put in work, but I am only getting out what I put in. When I think of dreams and what it takes to accomplish them and make them reality, I think of a verse from the Bible. “For a dream cometh through a multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.” Ecclesiastes 5:3 Even the Bible tells us that a dream is only accomplished by much business or work.

Last month was the best month that I have had on my site. The success that I had didn’t come from sitting and doing nothing, it came from working and putting in time and putting in effort to make it happen. I keep telling myself that there is nowhere to go from here but up!

My biggest problem with achieving and accomplishing my dream is myself. I have all the tools necessary to do something great, I just haven’t been putting any of those tools to use. I don’t want to do or be something great just to make a name for myself, I want everything I do to uplift and glorify God and to encourage and inspire Christians to live a successful Christian life.

As I have journeyed along this quest of blogging, I have learned a few things…

  • First, I have learned that the easiest way of accomplishing something is just to do it. You aren’t ever going to accomplish anything if you sit there and do nothing. You have to start somewhere at sometime to get to where you want to get to. I thought blogging was easy before I started, but now I know that it takes a lot of work and the best way to blog is to just start and to do it.
  • Second, I have learned that you need to surround yourself with people who push you to do more. Like I mentioned above, I have one friend who is always pushing me to do more than I have done. If we surround ourselves with people who are complacent with where they are at, soon we will become like them and never go anywhere.
  • Third, I learned to always have a goal. It is always easier to accomplish something if you know what you’re aiming at. Each month, I set a goal in whether its views or visitors or posts that I put out, it gives me something to work towards.
  • Fourth, I learned that if you don’t hit your goal, to get back up and try again. Thirty-two teams start a football season, only one is left standing at the end. What happens the next year, the same thirty-two teams try again to win that championship. If I fail to hit a goal that I set, I just have to try again and again and again until I hit it.
  • Lastly, I have learned that even though it isn’t easy, stick at it because this is something that I love doing. I have enjoyed every bit of writing blogs and posting content. Sometimes it is hard, sometimes it does take some extra effort to get content out. But what do they say, If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. That is where I want to be one day!

Thanks for reading, liking, and leaving comments as each one of those things encourages and motivates me to do more!

No Limits

As I was sitting in church last night, we turned to a passage of Scripture and a verse on the opposite page caught my eye. It made me think about my goals for the year and what this verse means to those goals.

“Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” Psalms 78:41 

This verse and rest of the psalm are talking about the Israelites in the wilderness and how at certain times the limited God by the lack of faith and unbelief. Even though the Israelites limited God, He still provided and took care of them.

When it comes to achieving your goals for this year, DON’T LIMIT WHAT GOD CAN DO FOR YOU. God wants to do something great in your life, but I believe that too many times we limit Him by our faith and unbelief. We set boundaries on God’s blessings. We set walls up to keep God confined in. When really, God wants to go above and beyond what we ask or think and do something great in us and with us.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me.” Philippians 4:13

I also like this verse when it comes to achieving my goals for the year. DON’T LIMIT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR GOD. You can do great things for God, you can achieve your goals for the year if you do them in His power and through His strength. We don’t have to face life alone or problems on our own, He is there for us. He is always there for us, so ask Him to help you to achieve your goals this year.