I don't believe I've ever heard a sermon on this Scripture, but then again, it's not an easy one to take on - especially the day after Valentines when we've all been bombarded with love hearts and emotionally charged advertising.
Valentine's Day has never been a big deal for my husband and I. In fact, as we drove to our favourite coffee shop just after dawn on Saturday (a regular weekend ritual) we affirmed to each other by a squeeze of intertwined hands that for us every day is a celebration of our love and commitment toward each other, our relationship, and our marriage.
Good or bad, trial and triumph, sorrow and joy - love carries us along a life journey that relies more often on a choice to commit, trust and persevere than it does on the emotional pull of heartstrings.
So why am I sharing this Scripture today?
Well, I wanted to balance out the over-emphasized 'follow your heart' advertising that floods the media.
It's not just on February 14th, but through the year, more and more 'posters' appear on social media encouraging us to cast concerns aside and follow our heart, to do what we love, to live out our passions.
On the surface that sounds great - even personally empowering to the downtrodden.
Following your heart can lead to dangerous places...
Affairs, large credit debts that cause financial struggle or loss, bitterness, un-forgiveness, revenge, desertion of responsibility, gossip, justifying bad behaviour and decisions, accepting unhealthy relationships, impulsive purchases we can't afford, disrespect, emotional blackmail...the list goes on.
While the fluffy marshmallow cloud of Valentine's passes by, take time to ponder your heart, and whether it is leading you along the right path. I know that's what I need to do.
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