EDUCATING THE HEAD AND THE HEART
Education in the present world is all about acquiring knowledge in certain fields of study. This has been proven inadequate for the development of the total man since only the head goes to school and the heart is not involved.
To understand this from God’s perspective: man is a spirit, he has a soul and lives in a body. In other words, man is a trinity. The spirit of a man connects with God; the soul and mind of a man connects to the intellect and emotions while the body connects to the physical world.
It is most unfortunate that man has spent his life here on earth using his mind and body but the spirit is left unattended to. When the spirit of man gets born again or changes into the image of God then he begins to behave like God, or take on the nature of God. With the spirit we connect, hear and interact with God and understand what God would want us to use what we have learned with our minds.
With the mind we go to school and get all kinds of knowledge even without connecting with God. This is why a man may decide to be a lawyer or a medical doctor, excelling in academics without connecting with his Maker. This is why many people who are educated even at the highest level of learning have become mafias, kidnappers, armed robbers, conmen etc. The mind which is the seat of knowledge went to school to acquire all kinds of knowledge and naturally everyone thought education had taken place. You can remember that in 2009, the bombing at an airport in London was perpetuated by top scientist and medical doctors.
The mind is analytical and helps to synthesize knowledge and acquire education but it does not connect with God unless it is renewed with the Word of God. The book of Romans chapter 12 verse 2 says: “And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
For man to fulfill his purpose here on earth, he needs to have his total being to move in tandem with God’s order. When the mind separates from the spirit, it means man does not want God’s input. The spirit, mind/soul and body of a man need to work and walk in harmony because each aspect of a man needs the others to function to its full potential. We came into this world not by our choice but by the will and ordination of our Maker: then we would be wrong to function in this world outside the plan God had for us before we were born.
David says in the book of Psalms 139 verse 13 – 18 (TLB): “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, an knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous —and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breath. Every day was recorded in your book! How precious it is, Lord! To realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your though turn towards me. And when I wake in the morning, you are still thinking of me!
If we understand the plan of God for our lives as captured by the above scripture, we would realize that proper education cannot be a man-made programme. We would allow God who has already made plans for our lives to give us the direction on what we are supposed to do while here on earth. This means that everything we learn must carry the concept of God.
This is what led the LIVING WORD MINISTRIES to the concept of philosophy we have adapted for our nursery, primary and secondary schools – THE HEAD-AND-HEART CONNECTION: TEACHING EACH SUBJECT FROM THE EYES OF THE BIBLE. This extends to the Rhema University with the motto: EDUCATING HUMANITY FOR EXCELLENCE.
Furthermore, the Hebrew word for, “To know” is YADA, which means a physical apprehension; a kind of intellectual awareness, to distinguish; to know by observing and reflection (thinking). The Greek word for “To know” on the other hand is GINOSKO, which means also understand. But there’s another Greek word that makes knowledge more meaningful and that is, “EPIGINOSKO,” which means being influenced by what you know. This also means that you are fully acquainted with the knowing. We can say that when the heart gets connected with what is known learning has taken place.
Understanding this makes the head-and-heart connection to take place. When the head has gotten the knowledge, and what has been known intermingles with the power of the Spirit of God then proper learning takes place because the life of the individual will be adjusted and the learner, when qualified, no longer will work as a hireling but with conviction and with passion and drive that will leave a lasting memorial.