The Gospel of The Head & The Heart: Lost in Our Minds

The band’s name is enough reason to love them.

Over eight years ago, The Head and the Heart released their first, self-titled album, and popularity has risen with their harmonies. They’ve released two more studio albums since then and played concerts in grand arenas. No matter how famous the band may have become, one of their earliest hits reminds us of how human we all are.

“Lost In My Mind” perfectly describes what happens to us as to-do lists lengthen and expectations pile. “Lost In My Mind” is one way to express how we feel when focused on a singular project. “Lost In My Mind” can easily become an excuse for isolating ourselves in our opinions.

The Head and the Heart may be the name of a band, but their name captures an ongoing balance we seek in our lives:

A balance of reason and emotion.

A balance of intellect and interaction.

A balance of soul and spirit.

Oh how easily we fluctuate in that balance when lost in our minds.

Many times, I’ll be at my office desk, engrossed in the what’s in front of me at the moment. Suddenly I’ll be aware of someone standing in the doorway, waiting for me to escape my mind to notice them.

Many times, I’ll be in meetings where, no matter how intriguing the topic, my mind wanders into the woods of “what ifs” and and other wonderings.

Such lostness happens to all of us. Don’t get me wrong: I’m an advocate both for daydreaming and for focusing on what needs completion! Getting lost in our minds can be productive and insightful and fruitful.

We run into trouble, however, when we only see what is in our own heads and hearts, when we are so lost in our own beliefs that we can’t see the light of what someone else might teach us.

As the month of February dawns, two particular events are forefront in my mind. The first is the debate in our federal government over a border wall. The other is the debate in The United Methodist Church over human sexuality as a Special Called Session of General Conference gathers. These are important topics of conversation playing out nationally and internationally. They are also topics that can easily polarize us to become content in the cocoons of our own beliefs. We spend more time yelling our opinions at each other on social media than sitting down across the table from each other to hear each other’s stories.

For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.
— 1 Corinthians 13:9-10

This Sunday’s New Testament Lesson is 1 Corinthians 13, the “Love Chapter” that is about so much more than marital love. The passage is part of a much longer letter to the Church, the Bride of Christ, a body of believers that is conflicted, torn, and lost in individual mindsets.

No matter how much we know in our heads and hearts individually, it is only in part. Christ Jesus is the only one who makes us whole. Wholeness requires us to open ourselves up to God and to one another in the body of Christ. Wholeness requires us to listen. Wholeness requires us to be found.

The song, “Lost In My Mind,” begins with one voice and one guitar. With time, as questions are sung and opinions expressed, other voices and instruments join. The song reaches a peak with two significant words: Moving Forward.

Though times and topics may be tense, let us find a balance of head and heart in the body of Christ. Let us remember with humility that while our voices matter, what makes our song more powerful is how we blend with each other.

all good things to each of you,

Pastor Darian