I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I revel in the many ways God speaks to me on a daily basis. In a previous post I mentioned the new sermon series that our pastor began last week on the letter of James. Also this past week began a Bible study series I’m leading called “Your Move” by Andy Stanley. Both of these messages offered similar valuable points that led me into great conversation over the week.
Andy Stanley begins his “Your Move” series with the first important question you need to ask whenever making a decision (mainly, the BIG decisions) – “Why am I doing this, REALLY?” I won’t expand too much on this so that Andy’s thunder is not stolen, but it was a great lesson on using your MIND more than your HEART when making big decisions. Your heart leads with emotion – your brain leads with knowledge and understanding. Too many times your heart leads you astray because you are reacting instead of simply acting.
Then Pastor Jan’s sermon was amazing and talked about the importance of acting with WISDOM when leading others. More specifically, allowing God’s wisdom to flow through you when leading. Wisdom is not just being smart, knowledgeable or understanding of a situation. Wisdom also includes your emotions as you may feel compassion for someone in the situation or have a valid fear and anxiety when considering alternatives. So, wisdom very easily could be the perfect balance between what your mind is telling you and your heart is telling you.
After both of these lessons concluded, I discussed this with a few close people and we had great discussions on the times when our hearts led us astray, when our minds rationalized us into a bad decision, and then the good stories of when we were simply wise and followed God’s guidance. The pic on my blog post was one I saw in Pinterest that says, “Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.” That is brilliant advice, isn’t it?
Are you facing a tough decision with your heart tugging one way and your brain another? And is God’s wisdom in the mix at all?