Finding a balanced perspective through the head, heart and hand
If you recall, earlier this year we looked at how Adam and Eve’s sin brought shame, blame and pain into our world. As a result of that, our heads, hearts and hands were really messed up and even to this day, it creates problems in our relationships.
Our own perspectives within our head, heart and hands provide each one of us with unique windows to the world set as a default in the way we tend to interact with life.
The soul of a head person interacts with the world through logic. If you’re a head person, when something is going on in life, you’re going to think about it. You’re going to analyze it. For myself, I am more of a head person. This is my main window to the world. If there’s a problem, I want to know what the bottom line is, and I look at things from an analytical standpoint.
The soul of a heart person interacts with the world through emotion. Heart people tend to gravitate toward being intuitive, sensitive and aware. If you’re a heart person, that’s the way God wired you. It’s your default. A heart person can appear illogical to the head and hand person, even though you’re not.
The soul of a hand person interacts with the world by doing things. If you’re a hand person, you see a problem and get it fixed. You have a checklist and work from it. If you do something not on your checklist, you probably put it on a checklist so you can cross it off.
We all tend to be all three of these, in some capacity, but we each tend to gravitate toward one or the other a little more.
In Luke 10:38-41 Jesus is at the home of Mary and Martha. And it’s obvious Martha is a hands person busy serving Jesus. And she is frustrated with Mary, the heart person, who is sitting at the feet of Jesus, connecting in relationship with her Lord.
The healthiest people have all three windows – head, heart and hand – to look through for the most accurate view of life. When sin occurred in Genesis 3, the shame, blame and pain began, and that moment God’s intention for a perfect balance of all three views was shattered.
In the first three chapters of Ephesians, Paul talks about your position in Christ. Then in chapter four, he gets really practical, encouraging you not to live any longer in the futility of your mind (Ephesians 4:17). God has a better way for us to live. “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:23 NKJV).
In the spirit of our minds is not just our thinking, but that whole part of how our thoughts live and what happens in our minds. Renewal needs to happen every day. You can get up and say, “God, let my thinking be in obedience to you. Help me to take every thought captive and make it obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Your thinking is what ultimately gets you into trouble. Your emotions come from your thoughts. It’s something that starts in your head, and Satan uses that thought.
- Often a head person gets a thought, and it gets stuck.
- A person’s heart person gets a thought, and it instantly goes to their emotions.
- And a hand person often acts on that thought.
ONE THING you can do is pray each day – “Lord, let me be renewed in the spirit of my mind. Do not allow the lies of Satan to defeat me.”
Read the first blog in this series, Your Window to the World.