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Having the Art and Smart but Lacking the Heart

The medical student was shocked when he received a failing grade in radiology. Approaching the professor, he demanded to know the reason for the grade. “Do you know the self X-ray you took?” asked the professor. “I do.” said the student. “A fine picture,” the professor said, “of your lungs, stomach and liver.”  “If it’s a fine picture, then why did you give me an F?” asked the student. “I had no choice,” said the professor. “You didn’t put your heart into it.”

I love it when people have heart. Heart could also be called passion or courage. They accomplish much, they persevere, look up, live up, and they perform up, even in the hard times. Many times the difference between getting the job and not getting the job you are interviewing for is heart. Employers know the difference between passion and passivity.  That’s important to know in times like these.

Author Joe Plumeri says, “You can’t do passion halfway. Living your passion means you’re all in.”

Here are some real examples of what people who lack heart wrote on resumes on reasons why they left their last job.

“They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 every morning. Couldn’t work under those circumstances.” Here’s another one. “The company made me a scapegoat – just like my three previous employers.”  Steven Wright once said humorously that many believe that ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy. He also said that hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now.

You can tell when someone has lost their heart for their marriage, job, future or just their zeal for life. The lesson here is that you can’t live on someone else’s heart, at least in the realm of passion and purpose. Heart gives us motivation. No one has a more driving ambition than the boy who wants to buy his first car. No one ever says, “It’s only a game,” when his team is winning.  It’s smart to have a career that you have a heart for if you have that choice. Your performance will reflect that too! So will promotion and higher pay. I agree that money can’t buy happiness but somehow it’s more comfortable to cry in a Corvette than a Yugo!

Jesus had heart.

He said, “The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work He started.” Jesus was born to accomplish an incredible mission and He loved it. He raised the dignity of people.  He healed them physically, emotionally and spiritually. He loved them to the point of dying for them. That takes heart! Compassion is passion with a heart.

Jesus was like an employer looking for people who had heart to build His church. That is why He choose the disciples He did. You can point out all kinds of problems with a Peter or a John, but you could never doubt their heart! Their heart ignited their calling. Sometimes church and community leaders are like that medical student’s X-ray. They have the stomach, lungs, and other stuff but they don’t have the heart. They have the smart but lack the heart. They go through the motions but their heart is far away.  We all are vulnerable to that, aren’t we?

The Bible says in Proverbs 19:2, “Ignorant zeal is worthless.”

My advice here is to discover something good and true that you love and go for it! Acquire the heart, the art and the smart! Volunteer, serve, work hard and excel. Maybe you need to recover passion for God, your marriage, children, career, or whatever. The truth is most of what we need will come to us. Most of what we want we will have to go get. Desire heart; acquire heart because you require heart to be R.I.C.H.  What’s that mean? Radiant in your countenance…Inspired in your attitude…Competent in your calling…Healthy in your mind, will and emotions.


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