Heart, Head and Hands - Eloise Minogue
It never fails to amaze me how a single moment in time can alter the course of someone’s existence.
There are very few things that impact me more than seeing and hearing a room full of people worshipping God. It’s holy and sacred: a glimpse of eternity, of life beyond this earth. It’s also transformational. Time and time again, I see the burdens laid down. Peace replaces striving. Eyes that were weary take on new life. Purpose springs up, fresh and vibrant. And, in the weeks to come, lives turn around.
It never fails to amaze me how a single moment in time can alter the course of someone’s existence. It shouldn’t surprise me, really. I’ve heard it summed up in one succinct sentence at least a hundred times: everything we do flows from the heart (Proverbs 4:23). Everything. It’s the dwelling place of our passions, the motivator of our actions, and the storeroom for unresolved hurts. When left unchecked, it can deceive us—distorting our perspective and prompting us to pursue a course of action that is destructive or simply a waste of time.
Only consistent, intentional realignment of the heart can ensure health, and therefore growth. More and more though, I’ve come to realise that this is merely one part of the picture. As essential as these moments of surrender are, altar call moments in and of themselves do not create the generational legacy — the lasting significance — that is the inbuilt desire of every human being. To achieve this, we have to engage every part of our beings: heart, head and hands.
I think that’s why College is so special to me. It is undeniably about the heart—about realigning through worship, coaching, and self-reflection—, but it’s also about the mind: learning the biblical truths that will anchor your feelings, creating mental parameters that foster healthy growth, developing ideas that could impact on the life of a ministry or business for years to come.
It’s no secret that ideas shape history. Inventions, movements, non-profit organisations, revolutions, and regimes are all the product of ideas. The question is what kind of future are we creating with our ideas? What kind of culture are we creating with our thoughts, words, and structures? These are all things that spring from the mind.
I love to think that the future will be brighter because, right now, there’s a group of students learning how to think with the mind of Christ—to see past limitations and problems, to speak truth with grace, to restore beauty and meaning to a world reeling from unexpected world events. I love that the changes are already starting to occur because their hands are already engaged and they’re already learning how to outwork a vision through layer upon layer of consistent, strategic actions.
It’s 9:22am on a Monday morning. I’ve opened my eyes and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. Because right in front of me, on their knees, are two students intentionally realigning their hearts with the truth of who God says they are. And somehow, I can’t shake the certainty that this is history in the making.
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Proverbs 4:20-23, NLT Pay attention, my child, to what I say. Listen carefully. Don’t lose sight of my words. Let them penetrate deep within your heart, for they bring life and radiant health to anyone who discovers their meaning. Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.
Romans 12:2, NLT Don’t copy the behaviour and the customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
Philippians 4:8, MSG Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, respectable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.