I kind of love the stories about the one person who stands alone (and apparently a lot of others do, check the bestsellers lists). If they survive, it’s by their own wherewithal and tendency to go against the grain. “They’ve got heart,” we cheer. Ultimately, it seems their rebellion saves them. Too many of us are rebels at heart.
But it’s a lonely world out there. Maybe sometimes we cast off the chance of bonding because we don’t feel we are worthy. Or we just don’t want to deal with all those complications. Whatever the cause, we keep our hearts guarded and our defenses high. All along, the rebel heart is deeply longing for a place of belonging, a place to call home… And if you find one worthy of following, you have to learn how to quell the rebellion in your heart.
What happens when we find one we want to follow, one to whom we are willing to submit?
It is a journey. A path we choose to take. For some, it may be following the patterns set before them by their parents or spiritual mentors from their childhood. Maybe for you, it’s been examining all the emotional survival skills developed during childhood and taking your rebel heart to task. It’s taking a hard-to-live-with personality and a critical eye and applying it to the self. It’s saying that this is not good enough. It’s refusing to live in or pass on a toxic mindset willingly, to go down quietly. It’s pleading with the One you have called upon to save you to teach you how to submit.
Where do you turn when your rebel heart rears it’s hurtful self?
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
Comparison and Competition
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…
Romans 12:2a (NIV)
Listening to or Following Your Heart?
The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?
Jeremiah 17:9 (NASB)
A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
Proverbs 14:30 (KJV)