How Is Your Soul Today?
How Is Your Soul Today?
Nov 02, 2017
"My Thought for Your Day" by Paul Minzlaff
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How are you doing today? On the surface, this is a pretty innocent question. If you are like most, this is the most asked question you receive daily. How are you doing? I often think people have been programmed to ask and answer this question as if they are downloaded with the latest “feel-good” app. If you are like me, don’t you find yourself automatically responding to this question with “Great,” “Wonderful,” “Outstanding?” The reality is that we can often sense when people don’t really care or want to know how we feel. So why even bother telling them? But what if I were to change the question ever so slightly and it now read, “How is your SOUL doing today?” Being vulnerable and open to someone who asks you this question can be downright intimidating. God already knows the truth, but He wants to hear your response. Like a parent asking their child for the truth, God searches your heart and examines your mind.
When your car is out of alignment, your tires wear out quickly, or the car pulls you in the wrong direction, as you step on the brakes. When our soul, spirit and heart are misaligned, our “inside” can no longer provide our “outside” with guidance and direction. The results show up as pain, emptiness and a life that lacks fulfillment.
How Do I Know If My Soul Needs a Check-Up?
For most, the soul is not something we ever even discuss and yet it is the emotional thermostat of our body. Whenever we are experiencing peace, joy, anxiety, depression and an emptiness, we are sensing the emotional response of the soul. For a healthy soul, we need to depend on and be molded by God. God is the designer, the architect and builder of your soul. Like any building that has stood the test of time, its foundation remains strong. God’s Word provides the foundation for your soul. Psalm 127 tells us, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.”
Feed Your Soul
Your soul is healthiest and growing when we are in God’s Word, doing His will as we live our lives. Our soul finds joy when we focus less on what YOU have to do and more on what God wants for you. The soul is like a muscle in our body – when we exercise it, it increases, gets larger and stronger. Becoming God’s hands and feet in service to others recharges and strengthens your soul. I love the encouragement we receive from the Apostle Paul: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Paul urges us to “live up to what we have already attained” – the gift of salvation. That God may strengthen you with power through His Spirit.
Your soul is fertile ground ready to produce good fruit. Allow the Holy Spirit to create in you “a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take the Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:10-13
God chose to dwell in you as He entered your life in the waters of your baptism. As you ask the Holy Spirit to grow your soul, let the Word of God feed your soul and allow Him to love, heal, strengthen and guide you every day of your life.
Thoughts to Encourage
- Doing nothing takes no courage; pray for courage.
- Sometimes God closes doors – do you trust Him?