I’m a dad of 4 kids, 2 boys and 2 girls. I’ve made some great parenting decisions over the last 14 years. I’ve also made some less than stellar ones. It seems what gets me in trouble is when I make head decisions in circumstances where heart decisions are required. The truth is, I’m all about the facts man! If this, then that. The problem is, sometimes it isn’t that simple. The facts may be the facts on the outside, but there might be much more happening on the inside. While I tend to think in terms of head, sometimes it’s a matter of heart.
Exodus 28:29-30 29 “Whenever Aaron enters the Holy Place, he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breastpiece of decision as a continuing memorial before the Lord. 30 Also put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastpiece, so they may be over Aaron’s heart whenever he enters the presence of the Lord. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the Lord.
Here in Exodus 28, God gives specific instructions about garments the priests were going to be wearing. One of those garments was a breastplate. God called it the breastplate of decision. And God wanted that decision to be over Aaron’s heart. It seems as though He wanted decisions to be made not just with head, but with heart. He wanted Aaron to remember the sons of Israel. To remember that heritage, legacy, and relationship matters.
What a sweet reminder to me today. Heart over head. Relationship over being right. Love over selfishness.
Now before we all get carried away with this heart stuff, let’s be clear. Heart over head doesn’t mean emotionalism over facts. It simply means to put relationship first. It means we consider that the decisions we are making involve people and hearts. Let us consider the heart before we go rushing in. Let us hold our tongues until we consider the impact of those words on hearts. And let us hold our decisions over our hearts so that we may examine our motives. If we do that, we may find that our decisions lead to healing and resolution and hope.