Ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16
During our recent trip to Minnesota to visit our grandkids, I also did some reading. One of the books I read was Soul Custody: Choosing to Care for the One and Only You by Stephen W. Smith. It is a must read for every man and one that I needed to read at this stage in my life. In fact, I wish I had read this book much early in my Christian life.
Smith asked 8 questions to help determine if we need help with caring for our souls:
- Is your life filled with noise, activity, and confusion? Has it been a long time since your spirit was refreshed with stillness and solitude? You need soul solace.
- Is your life complicated, distracting? Are your activities, relationships, and possessions keeping you from God? You need soul focus.
- Are you stressed-out, worried, harried? Is everyday life weighing you down and flustering you? You need soul serenity.
- Do your days, weeks, and months seem as endless and futile as a hamster’s running on its wheel? Do deadlines and responsibilities always beckon you to do more? Can you not seem to catch a break? You need soul Sabbath.
- Are others trying to make you into the image of the person they want you to be? Do you try to hide or forget the real you— to the point that you aren’t even sure who your true self is anymore? You need soul identity.
- Is your work life one of the causes of the soul violence in your life? Is what you are doing for a living far different from the work you have dreamed of to make your life fulfilled? You need soul vocation.
- Can you tell that poor health or a lack of physical fitness is having a negative effect on your soul? Is your attitude toward your body one of neglect or disappointment? You need soul address.
- Are you lonely? Do you wish you had others to accompany you on your journey through life, just as you would like to accompany them? You need soul companions.
As you read through these questions, my guess is if you and are honest. We need help in this area. Over the next several weeks, I will share what I have been learning. It’s painful – but it is necessary. Caring for our souls is important. – Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick
Smith, Stephen W. (2010-08-01). Soul Custody: Choosing to Care for the One and Only You (pp. 44-46). David C Cook. Kindle Edition.
Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 132-134; 2 Corinthians 10
Think About This: The soul was never designed to operate at the frenetic pace in which we are living our lives. Thus we suffer a kind of sickness of the soul, a malaise deep within us known as “time sickness.” Stephen W. Smith
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27