"Starting very early, life
has taught all of us to ignore and distrust the deepest yearnings of our heart. Life
for the most part, teaches us to suppress our longings and live only in the external world
where efficiency and performance are everything
. We have learned that...something else is wanted from us other than our heart, which is to say, that which is more deeply us. Very seldom are we ever invited to live out of our heart. If we are wanted, we are often wanted for what we can offer functionally. If rich, we are honored for our wealth; if beautiful
, for our looks, if intelligent
, for our brains. So we learn to offer only those parts
of us that are approved
, living out a carefully crafted performance
to gain acceptance
from those who represent life
to us. We divorce ourselves from our heart and begin to live a double life
-The Sacred Romance:Drawing Closer to the Heart of God
written by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge, 1997
The late Brent Curtis was a counselor in a private practice. He was killed in a climbing accident in 1998.
, to love
, to recover
and follow those deep desires
and find a life worth living—this is the song of the ransomed heart
. This is what Jesus said He came to do—to heal our hearts
and set them free
" (Isaiah 61:1-3).
"I have studied many times
The marble which was chiseled for me--
A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.
it pictures not my destination
But my life
was offered me and I shrank from its disillusionment
knocked at my door, but I was afraid
called to me, but I dreaded the chances
Yet all the while I hungered for meaning
in my life
And now I know that we must lift the sail
And catch the winds of destiny
Wherever they drive the boat.
To put meaning
in one's life
may end in madness
is the torture
and vague desire
It is a boat longing
for the sea and yet afraid
-written by Edgar Lee Masters
from Spoon River Anthology
In the Anthology, the buried
hauntingly tell the details about their lives.
To me, all these represent this--It is in our heart that we discover our purpose in life
. To ignore your heart's desire and voice is to lead a life without purpose. Sometimes people just "go through the motions" and never truly live
. I know I have.