In the early years Kingserve tended to be engaged more in hands-on practical support
work and administrative and managerial head work, the kind of things you could measure
by the financial or time resources they required. Over the years, however, there
has been a move more towards what could be called heart work – the kind of things
that cannot necessarily be measured in finance and time - things like encouragement,
hospitality, networking and just walking alongside people. Perhaps such a progression
follows the seasons of our lives through which we all pass.
This hands-head-heart perspective gives us an insight into how we as people are made
and operate – the integral working together of hands, head and heart and, for those
of a spiritual leaning, the domain of the soul. How are they related?
When Jesus describes the greatest commandment as to love God He says that we must
do so with everything we have – all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all
our strength. When He says this, Jesus is quoting from the Old Testament 'Shema'
of Deuteronomy chapter six..
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your
God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these
words that I command you today shall be on your heart” (ESV)
Note how the 'heart' occurs first in all these verses and that the words to love
God should be on our hearts rather than in our heads. Could it be that it is the
passions of the heart which direct the intellect of the mind which then drives the
activity of our hands?
The Western preoccupation with reason, logic and science has helped put the head
before the heart. Obviously we need to use our heads – we would not enjoy all the
benefits gained from science and technology if we did not. But could there be a case
for putting the heart before the head in how we live our lives?
Heartsense therefore, is an exploration of ones own heart and of relating to the
world, people, and God primarily through the heart but also in regard to the head.
As John Piper puts it “The mind serves to know the truth that fuels the fires of