Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Heart That Lies by Angie Arndt

The Paul Colman Trio has a song out called Run. In it they sing, “They say just follow your heart. Yeah, but what if it lies?”  The world keeps telling us, “Follow your heart,” “Have it your way,” “Be true to yourself.” Even the Declaration of Independence says that we have the right to the “pursuit of happiness.” But no child says, "I want to work in an insurance company when I grow up.” 

There is an old logic puzzle about a city full of two kinds of people: truth-tellers and liars. The object was to find the questions should you ask in order to get to the castle and avoid the fire-breathing dragon. The problem was that you never knew who you were talking to – a truth-teller or a liar. That’s the way it is with our hearts. The heart does lie. We are tainted by our own sin and the sin of others. We can’t listen to our hearts because even at the best of times we don’t know when it’s lying.

A wise man once lived next door to me when I was twenty-something and I talked with him occasionally about the turmoil and decisions I needed to make. Whenever I asked for his thoughts about things, his reply would be, “Do you really want my opinion or do you want me to agree with yours?”  That is what often happens when we bring our petitions to God. We want Him to agree with our plans.

Every writer wants to be published and have our words read by people all over the globe, but what if God has called us to write for a small audience? What if we are called to write for no one but ourselves? What if our calling is only to endure suffering with the help of His grace? Do we want what we want or what God wants? Wherever God puts us, we are to daily seek His guidance. The only heart that doesn’t lie is God’s heart. The only constant Truth-tellers in our lives are our Lord and His Word.

Click to Tweet
Do you really want my opinion or do you want me to agree with yours?
Do we want what we want or what God wants? 
The only heart that doesn’t lie is God’s heart. 

Questions for You
Have you always wanted to be a writer? If not, when did you start writing?
Have you ever thought you were following God's plan but found you were mistaken?
How can you be sure you're following God's heart?

Thanks so much for joining me. 
~ Angie

12 comments:

  1. Ah, such hard questions, Angie, especially the last one. Funny, but I just asked myself yesterday if I was listening to what God wanted or if I basing His will on my own wants. Sometimes it's difficult to tell.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think we all struggle with that question -- I know I do, too. We just have to go back to the original call and ask ourselves if anything has changed. When I get discouraged I always seem to get some sort of affirmation in the way of encouragement or even opportunities. Becoming a team member of #SeriouslyWrite was one of those times. :)

      Delete
  2. Hi Angie, what a wonderful, heart-touching post. Pun not intended LOL.
    I don't know, I keep asking. It would be nice to finally know. It seems others I know get in a "happy place" no matter what happens, so I wish I could sometimes find their pinnacle of faith and grace. Oh well, every day is a new day. Thanks, my friend! xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL! Thanks, Tanya! :)

      I know what you mean and believe me, I think there are more asking than those who "know."

      Every day is a new day. "Morning by morning, new mercies I see." I love that line from that old hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness. I just keep reminding myself that even though I may not see the results of my writing here on Earth, God does. And I think we will when we get to Heaven, don't you?

      Thanks for being a friend and great encourager! xo

      Delete
  3. Thought-provoking post, Angie. I enjoyed writing as a child and young adult, but stepped away from it after having children. After they were grown, I pursued a variety of things, hoping to find the "right thing." You know, the thing that challenges and also makes you feel like you can make a difference. Boy, I fell flat on my face more than once! I look back and cringe. What was I thinking? I was desperate.

    A variety of situations brought me back to writing. Along the way there have been enough small successes/affirmations/confirmations to keep me going. So many blessings have resulted - such as the cool people I've met and friends I've made. Regardless if I achieve publishing success or not, I know it's what I'm called to do.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know what you mean. I wanted to be an artist. I wanted to be a teacher. I was flat on my face with you.

      Isn't it cool the way God brings the right people in our lives at the right time? Yes, I have been so blessed by the people I have met, present company included! I can't imagine doing anything else.

      Delete
    2. Wow, Angie, I am HUMBLED (sorry to shout) that you think I am an encourager. Wow. Thanks...xoxox

      Delete
    3. Oh, Tanya, you have been encouraging me with your comments here for as long as you have been following this blog. Every word has made think and/or made me smile. Yes, you're an encourager! :)

      Delete
  4. Honestly? Most of the time, I want what I want, but then comes those soul-draining moments when God reminds me of what's important in life. And it's not writing. It's life. It's connecting with others for those fleeting years/months we have together. It's loving and laughing and sharing.

    I love you, sweet sister of my heart. xxoo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's deep, Dora, and so true. There's an old saying that life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath. But I think it's measured by the lives we touch.

      I love you, too, sweet sister! xoxo

      Delete
  5. I've been editing all day and thought I'd read your post before going to sleep.

    Really made me think. The other day while praying about which genre to focus on, I felt a you can have that, but this would be better moment.

    I'm still praying. I want to make sure I'm listening before I proceed.

    Thanks for the thought provoking words.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Terri, you're welcome. I'll add that to my prayer list: that you'll know, without a doubt, which genre you're supposed to write. Hang in there,sweet friend!

      Delete

We'd love to hear your thoughts! Please leave comments. We'll moderate and post them!