Kuya gary once showed us an illustration of the three major categories of lessons found in IVCF camps. He drew a picture of a man that’s one notch up from being a stick figure. The man had a heart drawn at the center of his chest. This was the Illustration of the three H’s: Head, Heart, and Hands.
A balance should be made between the three, he said. IVCF, as well most evangelicals and bible-based churches today, have a knack for being "head-heavy".
"Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up." -1 Cor. 8:1b
Too much knowledge is no guarantee that we will be better believers. It is not enough. Ang pangit tignan ng taong malaki (literally) ang ulo. Ika nga ni kuya bong: "Si ___, walang magkasyang sumbrero sa kanya."
"Hindi bumababa." Ito naman yung comment ni kuya mark nung camp, knowledge goes in to the head, but does not go down to the heart. It isn’t experienced by the person. However, it is not enough to have a big heart. As one of those who commented on JREV said, "we are looking for the experience of God rather than the God of experience."
A big heart that keeps things to himself and does not seek to reach out, still lacks. What goes in and down, must go out. We must seek to apply all these things that we have learned and experienced. Share them to others if need be. Do good to others. However, doing in itself is also not enough. "Ang taong masyadong malaki ang kamay ay sang gorilla na walang balahibo."
"If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." -1 Cor. 13:3
Still, hands alone are not enough. Everything should be integrated. With knowledge we learn. Letting it sink in changes us. Letting it out, changes others.
In, down, and out. This is how God’s word changes the world.