How’s Your Soul?
When was the last time someone asked you that question, and wanted an honest answer for you… really? I think too often in the world today we go through life scrolling through our social media accounts with very little deep and meaningful interaction with those in the real world around us. That needs to change!
In his latest book, How’s Your Soul, Pastor Judah Smith contends that “everything that matters starts with the inside you.” As the back cover blurb states, “How’s Your Soul? is a relatable, refreshing call to anyone searching for lasting emotional stability, fulfillment, and satisfaction, inviting them to stop living from day to day and instead to start living intentionally with the end in mind.” On that note, I want to share with you a few of my favourite quotes from this book…
“The “Are you okay?” question is scary, because it has to do with the real you – not with our achievements or activities, but with your emotions, your thoughts, your decisions, your values and your desires.”
“Each of us has a soul. And that soul should be healthy… But is it well with our souls? Is the inside of us really steady and stable and secure? Do we ever stop to think about that? … God wants our souls to be well… But we rarely, if ever, focus on our souls. We don’t go around asking each other, “So, how’s your soul?” But maybe we should.”
“I think the phrase “the inside you” does a good job communicating the biblical meaning of the soul… My soul is the center of who I am. It is the inner me, the real me, the invisible me that transcends the physical me, the part of me that in some sense will live eternally in heaven… Our souls came from, depend on, and long for God. He gave us life, so his presence is essential to our ongoing health.”
“Our souls are home when they return to God… We were created by God and for God, and we will find ourselves most fully when we find ourselves in him and turn our attention toward him… Your soul is healthiest when it comes back frequently and wholeheartedly to God.”
“The Creator has given us a handbook for a healthy soul: the Bible.”
“Our souls need rest. They need relaxation, enjoyment, peace and pleasure.”
“Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest… and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29). He couldn’t have been any clearer. Our souls need rest, and he is our ultimate source of rest.”
“We are, by nature, relational beings. We were meant for community. Even the most introverted, solitary personality types need at least some level of human interaction in order to maintain healthy, thriving, vibrant souls. It is unhealthy for our souls to be isolated or without relationship.”
“I wonder, even in a fast and furious world, can we cultivate quiet souls? Can we be calm and peaceful and at rest on the inside, even when all around us are chaos and noise?”
And finally, a challenge to church leaders:
“Just because you lead people and help people doesn’t mean you are always going to be healthy on the inside. If anything, the pressure of public influence increases the unhealthy tendencies of our souls. If we aren’t careful, it can make us defensive and isolated. Instead of looking for help when we need it, we pretend to have it all together.”
And so I want to close this post and ask you a genuine, personal question:
How’s YOUR soul… really?