We induce feelings by our actions; we do not wait for our feelings to induce actions. (Alfred Heller, dentist, author)

Heller’s observation is in contrast to the common attitude today. “Follow your feelings” is often the advice given to someone who is debating an important decision about job, home, or relationship. The better advice is to use past experience, common sense, and trusted counsel in making important decisions. Then, your feelings will confirm or caution what you’ve decided.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6)