Have you ever had a powerful phrase stick in your mind? One you don’t even have to try to remember?
This past Friday we completed the second of 15 Eight-to-Five Unplugged events being held in Fayetteville, Ark. and Rogers, Ark. Todd Simmons, COO and President of Simmons Foods was our speaker. During the summer, Todd and I discussed what he felt God leading him to speak on, and he talked about this notion of working with your head, your hands, and your heart.
It immediately captivated me! I have always been a head and hands guy. I like to work. I like to make things happen. I like progress. Five years ago, I was working at J.B. Hunt Transport as VP, Sales and Marketing, and God pushed me to start and lead WorkMatters’ first workplace small group. For the first time in my career, my HEART joined my head and my hands.
As I have continued to think about head, hands and heart, it has become so clear to me that this is one of the biggest issues we have in the workplace today. The world drives us so hard to be head and hands leaders. We focus on accomplishment, success, title, money, recognition. And, this is especially true today in this serious economic season where our basic survival instincts begin to drive us.
But without heart, what’s the point? If we don’t bring passion to our work, what’s the point? If we don’t build relationships with co-workers, customers, vendors, what’s the point? If we don’t work with all our heart (Colossians 3:23), what’s the point?
Jesus talked over and over and over about our hearts. If we could slow down just long enough to think on this for a while. Without our heart…what’s the point?
“For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.”
(You can listen to Todd Simmons Eight-to-Five Unplugged talk on our website or you can subscribe via iTunes… http://www.workmatters.org/events/eight_to_five_unplugged/listen_to_speakers )