Go Ahead and Follow Your Heart. God Wants You To.

by Joe Plemon on July 23, 2010

“A man’s heart reflects the man.” Proverbs 27:19 (NIV)

What does the bible mean when it refers to your heart? Pastor Rick Warren defines it thusly, “the bundle of desires, hopes, interests, ambitions, dreams and affections that you have.

Your physical heart is unique.

Did you realize that your physical heartbeat is unique to you? Amazingly, it is true. Just as we have unique fingerprints, eye prints and voice prints, our hearts beat in patterns different than anyone alive or anyone who has ever lived. In fact Apple has filed for a patent to use “Seamlessly Embedded Heart Rate Monitor” as a security measure for future versions of their iPhone to lock out users who don’t have a recognized heartbeat. Your heart is literally different than anyone else’s.

Your biblical heart is also unique.

In the same way, your biblical heart is unique to you and you alone. Why? Because God made you that way. Think about it. Certain activities and challenges raise your heart rate because you intuitively get excited about them. Other interests are simply not as interesting to you.

Heart = Passion

Years ago, my wife used to think that if she was to truly follow God with all of her heart, she would be required to do something that she hated. Her worst fear was that God would require her to go to Africa, so she was reluctant to totally trust him with her life. However, once she realized that the thing she was most passionate about (being a homemaker) was from God, she was very excited about following him.

Your passions are God given.

If you are like me, some experiences energize you and some drain you. I love the writing aspect of blogging. My creativity is stirred and I often feel like I have been emotionally elevated to a higher plateau. When I realize that this passion comes from God, I feel like I am fulfilling a purpose for living.

Tips for discovering your heart.

  • Realize that God has uniquely gifted you. You are here on planet Earth for a reason. God does not want that reason to be a secret. Discover your heart and you will be on the path of discovering your purpose.
  • Ask yourself what it is you do that makes the world seem “right”. That right feeling could be God’s way of helping you know your heart.
  • Ask yourself what you loved to do as a child. Did you have intense interests that no one else in your family had? Where do you think those interests came from? They were surely from God, and, if you never truly pursued them, they are probably still lying dormant waiting to be activated.
  • Spend time getting to know God better. Janice was afraid of learning her heart until she realized that God is on her side; he wants her to do what she loves to do because he put that desire in her heart.
  • Desire God’s plans to work out in your life. His word tells us that we should “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4

Finding your heart is a win-win situation. You will benefit by doing what you love to do and God will benefit because you are doing what he created you to do.

Sounds like a great plan to me.

Do you know your own heart?  How do you know?  If not, what do you need to do to discover your own heart?
Creative Commons License photo credit: Juliana Coutinho

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Financial bondage July 23, 2010 at 5:20 am

a couple at work followed their heart. They worried that God would send them to minister in Africa. And he did. For 5 years or so… But they did it. They did what God wanted. Check out their blog at http://calledtouganda.com/

Good post Joe, thanks.

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joeplemon July 23, 2010 at 6:42 am

Arthur,
That is a great story. They were worried, but they obeyed when God sent them where they didn’t want to go. My guess is that they discovered their heart and God’s calling were exactly the same.

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Steven and Debra July 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Good post Joe.

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Moneyedup July 28, 2010 at 10:37 pm

This is a great post. It is so important to follow your heart and do what you feel is right. It will make you happy in the long run and you will feel a greater sense of fulfillment. Finding passion in your work is more important than a pay check for sure.

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joeplemon July 29, 2010 at 8:04 am

Moneyedup,
Thanks. Far too few people pursue their passions. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone did?

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50plusfinance August 13, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Its true. When you follow your heart you feel your in the groove. When you don’t follow your heart its painful and it feels wrong. I know its Gods way of training you to know and do what He’s made you to do.

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joeplemon August 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm

50plus,
Right! Too many people go through life without believing they can ever find their passion. How sad. God has great plans for us if we will only seek him!

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car blog August 20, 2010 at 7:30 am

thanks for the blog post Go Ahead and Follow Your Heart. God Wants You To. keep up the good work.

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