The Heart Test

July 27th, 2017

World View 1, oil on burlap, 27×43

“Never take a path that has no heart in it. You can’t lose if your heart is in your work, but you can’t win if your heart is not in it.” That’s a quote from The Confessions of Don Juan, A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, by Carlos Castanada.

You probably never read that book (though maybe you have). It’s full of a wide range of quasi-reality of the hallucinogenic kind that I wouldn’t recommend to my grandchildren. But that statement was worth noting, regardless of source.

It’s something I think about, though probably not enough, the passive approach to life being too much with us.

Just yesterday I was advised by a friend as we parted, “Don’t work too hard.”

What kind of advice is that? If he really cared about me he’d say, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” (That’s from chapter 9, verse 10 of Ecclesiastes . . . a great source.)

Here’s another we hear a lot: “Take it easy.”

Take what easy?

The better counsel would be, “Whatever you do, throw your heart into it . . . ” (from Colossians 3:23.)

Take the heart test. It’s part evaluation: What is it you’re doing? And part command: Whatever it is, put your full life into it.

Here’s one: We tend to let each other get by with less than who we really are.

The friend who reminds us to “Get with it” does us better service than the one that tells us to “Chill out.”

So, what are you doing today?  Is it with heart?

If it is, as Castanada said, “You can’t lose.”

If not . . . well . . . you know what to do.


PS  Those two priest paintings last post were probably too nuanced to see the difference. But one commenter did, Kristan. Check it out here.


  1. Ashley Jul 27, 2017
    11:24 am

    Great points. Guess we tend to take the easy way out with our advice.

    I heard a good one yesterday…What do you show up for?
    In other words, where are you when you find yourself being yourself.

    • Hyatt Moore Jul 27, 2017
      12:04 pm

      Yes, that’s a good one, now my having just moved from the writing desk to the art studio. Room for heart in both places . . . and everywhere else.

  2. Norm Jul 27, 2017
    12:02 pm

    I read the other day of a gentleman asking, “What might God’s will be for me?” The response was this: God might ask, “What have I placed in your heart that you love to do?” Fill in the blank. Then God replies, “Let’s do that.” The point being that whatever it is that you might love to do… go, and do that with all your heart. With Him. Whole-heartedly. Great advice!

  3. Hyatt Moore Jul 27, 2017
    12:05 pm

    That’s it! God says, “Let’s do that.” I love it.

  4. Mabel Pittman Jul 29, 2017
    3:07 pm

    Amen! Your mom and dad were great examples of that and just look at their five children…..all go with gusto for the very things God put in you all….love it!

  5. Trish Aug 5, 2017
    9:27 pm

    Seems so simple but not. This rings true and I will keep pondering on it. I think of my son who feels like he has no direction. Pretty much what I say to him, “follow your heart, your desires”. The closer we are to God our heart desires are from Him and so I trust with our kids that God is making His desires theirs.