To Thine Own Self be True… ?

Loving routine and loving a change is a favourite theme with me, have you noticed? What I noticed when running this morning, is that it’s time to change that schedule to afternoons, when it’s a bit warmer. There are lots of reasons for that:

  • so I can see where I’m going; if I wait for the sun to rise, coffee would be way too late (a consideration involving others);
  • dressing warmer means being TOO warm by the time I’m finished;
  • my mitts-that-have-holes for the fingers are too warm (I need my fingers to swipe the timer on my iPod);
  • the training schedule is getting longer (30-35 minutes vs 25 minutes), see point number one.

The change of seasons is something I’m always childishly excited about, at least for a day or so (depending on the season). Add to that: it’s time to change to the other Running Program, one I haven’t done before; since I’m combining two of them. The first part was the Rookie Running, the next one is just Running. This one is just 5 weeks and switches from intervals to just “jog for 35 minutes” etc., for the last couple of weeks, ending with the usual “Run 5 K”. Looking forward to trying it!

But now, about being true to yourself. An interesting article in Focus on the Family (The folly of following your heart) points out that “To thine own self be true” is not biblical, but a quote from Shakespeare. What the Bible says is that we’re to “rule our feelings, not let them rule us”, guard our hearts, rather than follow them…

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person. (Mark 7:21-23)

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

It’s easy to follow your heart–even Hitler did that. What we need is a new, reshaped heart, which is a lifelong process, and which God can give. “Our heart and feelings are wonderful gifts from God, part of being made in His image. If we align them to the right object and assign them their proper place, then we’ll be truly happy and fulfilled. What’s more, we’ll be true to ourselves – the selves God created us to be.” (Subby Szterszky)

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