“Our soul is like a stream of water, which gives strength, direction, and harmony to every area of our life. When that stream is as it should be, we are constantly refreshed and exuberant in all we do, because our soul itself is then rooted in the vastness of God and His kingdom, including nature; and all else within us is enlivened and directed by that stream. Therefore we are in harmony with God, reality, and the rest of human nature and nature at large.” (Dallas Willard)
What is this soul that we are talking about? It is something we all have and it is something that God breathed into our bodies when He made us out of dirt. We have an outer life and we all have an inner life. The outer life is the life that most people see. It is the life that we show people every day. The inner life is the life that is really who we are. The inner life is where my secret thoughts, hopes and wishes live. Because my inner life is invisible, it is easy to neglect. When we become Christians, we work at changing our outer life, but so many times we neglect the most important part of us, our inner life or our soul. Our soul is made by God and it is made for God. It is that part of us that we try to fill with everything in the world and nothing works until we fill it with God.
We try to change our habits and patterns and attitudes that are deeply rooted in us. We try to change them by will power. When we work on problems by will power, we become exhausted. We can only change if we improve our soul.
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
This is the key to our healing and the peace that passes all understanding, but it is easier said than done. This is why we are working on soul care.
Read the scriptures and answer the questions.
What does these scriptures say to your soul?
This is what it will cost to follow Jesus. It will cost everything. Do you feel that soul care is worth the price?
Soul care helps maintain the interconnectedness of the mind, body, heart and soul and keeps us spiritually alive. Nothing substitutes for making the soul your priority.
Soul care begins with time. But that doesn’t mean we have to tear apart our insides for weeks of repair and downtime. We can begin the soul’s care with small time commitments.
What condition do you think your soul is in today?
What maintenance or repair will you need?
Are you willing to make the commitment to repair your soul?
To possess the promise land, we must arise and begin our journey.