My team loves to constantly talk through the idea of growing our leadership ability in three areas: our heart, our head, and our hands. We use that as a matrix for our coaching culture.
Our “heart” pertains to spiritual matters. If our spirit isn’t strong, we run to of gas to minister life to others. “Heart” is our passion, vision, motives, and driving force. This is the unseen behind what is seen. It’s ultimately about the why.
Our “head” pertains to our thinking. Our thinking determines the way we think and act. “Head” includes strategy, tactics, and approach. Leaders think differently than everyone else. Different thinking produces different results when it is partnered with the hands.
Our “hands” pertain to our skills. This is what we do specifically in our role. “Hands” is about the methods we use to get things done. It’s more about the “what” and the “how”.
All three are important for success in ministry. Sometimes however we concentrate on the less important things at the peril of the more important things.
Jesus ran into this in Mark 3:1-5 (NLT).
‘These people honor me with their lips,
Jesus’ enemies were more concerned with what Jesus was doing and when He was doing it rather than the heart behind it. They elevated “hands” over “heart”. They were so concerned with their methods and traditions that they missed a miracle. They didn’t see the people Jesus was reaching.
They missed the “heart” of the law because they were so busy enforcing the “hands” of the law. They couldn’t see the spirit because they only saw the letter of the law.
Although this are quite LITERAL uses of Jesus’s enemies exalting hands over heart we can fall into the same trap today. They really were saying “that’s not the way we do it” or “you’re wrong because you reach people a different way than we do”. Have you ever said that?
How can we avoid having that same “Pharisee Spirit”?
- Value the who more than the what.
- Make the message more important than the method
- Keep the people you are called to serve more important than the plan you have.
- Make the creator the center of your creative process.