Is your soul satisfied?
What? I know you’ve never really thought about it.
What if I asked another way, “Is it well with your soul?”
It’s a phrase Christians say often, but what does it mean? How would you define your “soul.”
I grew up going to church. I married a minister. I pray and read the Bible, and I’m not sure I could do an adequate job of describing or defining my soul.
So, I turned to John Ortberg’s book, Soul Keeping.
”Your soul is not just something that lives on after your body dies. It’s the most important thing about you. It is your life.”
“Your soul is what integrates your will (your intentions), your mind (your thoughts and feelings, your values and conscience), and your body (your face, body language, and actions) into a single life.
Your soul is who you are.
You’ve heard the quote:
“Never tell a child, you have a soul. Teach him, you are a soul; you have a body.” ~George MacDonald
Ortberg also says the following about having a healthy soul…
“For the soul to be well, it needs to be with God.”
“A soul is healthy — well-ordered — when there is harmony between these three entities and God’s intent for all creation. When you are connected with God and other people in life, you have a healthy soul.”
We are restless until we rest in God and…
It is in stillness that you and I rest in God, connect with Him and become healthy. A healthy and satisfied soul blesses every relationship.
Soul Satisfaction Blesses Every Relationship
When I know how much I am loved . . . I love others better.
When I understand the extent of the forgiveness I’ve received . . . I am willing to forgive people who hurt me.
When I’m thankful for the ways God has taken care of me . . . I want to care for others.
When I celebrate His blessings . . . I want to be a blessing.
The more time I spend in stillness with God – the more I am filled with love for Him and others.
And that is soul satisfaction.
The opposite is also true – I lose my satisfaction when my relationships are strained because you and I were made for relationship. Relationships that love, forgive, and care for each other.
But I mess up. I can be an “if only” thinker?
If only my children would listen, then…
If only my boss appreciated me, then…
If only my parents were more understanding, then…
If only he hadn’t…
If only they didn’t…
My relationships would be better if people were consistently kind and understanding. I’d finally have peace, contentment, and joy if only…
That kind of thinking is backward. It’s not waiting for perfect relationships with people that will give you and me contentment and satisfaction. It is running back to stillness—to time with the Father.
In stillness He says:
I love you so much, I gave my only Son for you. John 3:16
I am with you. I am mighty to save you. I rejoice over you. You will rest in my love. I am joyful about you. Zephaniah 3:17
“Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives.” Matthew 11:28–29
I will satisfy the longing soul, and the hungry soul I will fill with good things. Psalm 107:9
I know how many hairs are on your head. So don’t be afraid. You are worth much more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:30–31
I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Nothing can separate you from my love. Romans 8:39
My peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid. John 14:27
The Father loves! The Savior loves! The Spirit loves!
Sit with Him in stillness and let the Lord satisfy your soul.
Then take your satisfied soul and bless your relationships. No “what ifs” just one satisfied soul loving another. Begin by being still—then go out there and live with His love.
Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,
so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.
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