Okay, so before I start I just want to say this is NOT a 'let's dis Taylor Swift' blog post. I like her music, her songs are relevant to almost any relationship situation a girl finds herself in, and on top of that, her music is just fun... She even comes across as a pretty decent person - so no disrespect to her. BUT - she is not God. and her music, whilst doing a very good job of describing and feeding our feelings - is not the Bible.
I dont know about you, but sometimes I forget those things. Sometimes I forget that Jesus has better advice for relationships than she does... When you find yourself in the position of liking someone, it's just so much more fun to sing to her music & gather advice from the lyrics than it is to ask Jesus what His plans for this are.
Sometimes I do think though, that we shouldn't listen to our heads, or our hearts, or Taylor Swift. We should listen to Jesus.
I have learned that feelings can, and often do, lie. Emotions are not a good test of reality. Feelings are not a good test of Truth. For example, just because we feel like God isn't always with us, it doesn't always make it true. In fact, His Word says He is always with us; He can never and will never leave us. (Deuteronomy 31:8; Matthew 28:20; Romans 8:38-39) And yet, we do often feel like He is distant or has left....
So where am I going with all this?
I'm going to Jesus. He is our Absolute Truth. He knows us better than we know ourselves. (Romans 8:27 MSG) He knows what's good for us. He knows how to turn a broken situation into a God-glorifying season. He knows who we should be dating and when we should be dating them. So because of that, He is where we should we run.
We should take our thoughts and our feelings , and run them through the filter of His Word. (2 Corinthians 10:5; Acts 17:11)
There are some moments when we just need to turn off the sweet songs, and open our Bible. There are some moments when we need to stop daydreaming about the one we think we love, and turn our hearts back to our First Love.
Feelings in and of themselves are not wrong, but our response to them can be. We cannot make feelings our gods, and we cannot let the way we feel dictate our every move and decision. Just because we feel like a person is 'the one', doesn't mean they are. So before you throw your entire heart, mind, and soul into a person or relationship, get God's Truth on it. Not Taylor Swift's, not somebody else's love story or advice - Jesus'...
He knows what you need. He knows what the reality is, even when we're blinded by the rose-colored glasses we're wearing. And when we ask, He'll tell us and show us what the reality is. He'll guide us to the Truth. No offense to Taylor Swift, but Jesus is much greater than her music
Dont become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity,God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
p.s. It's not wrong to listen to hers and others' music - just pick your moments... Know that in some moments, it wont help your quest for Truth or your attempt to see reality.