Soul Keeping – When is the last time you thought about the state of your soul?
The health of your soul isn’t just a matter of saved or unsaved. It’s the hinge on which the rest of your life hangs. It’s the difference between deep, satisfied spirituality and a restless, dispassionate faith.
In an age of materialism and consumerism that tries to buy its way to happiness, many souls are starved and unhealthy, unsatisfied by false promises of status and wealth. We’ve neglected this eternal part of ourselves, focusing instead on the temporal concerns of the world―and not without consequence.
Bestselling author John Ortberg presents another classic that will help you discover your soul―the most important connection to God there is―and find your way out of the spiritual shallow-lands to true divine depth. With characteristic insight and an accessible story-filled approach, Ortberg brings practicality and relevance to one of Christianity’s most mysterious and neglected topics.
The soul is a word that I am reluctant to use because I cannot begin to define or explain it, yet I still hear it in Scripture and in worship sets and fail to even take pause at what I mean when I sing, “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” I found Ortberg to be clear in this matter as he defined the soul through its interactions with the world, with others and with God, as the soul by its nature is relational and is responsible for how we interact with our world. As Ortberg warned of ignoring the well-being of the soul and not taking the time to find rest in God through a very personal and relatable narrative style, I relived the many moments in my first term at Berkeley where I persisted in the world and turned a blind eye to my soul, as my soul was torn and distressed by my unfocused desire on the world and not on God. I’m taking Ortberg’s suggestion for soul-keeping to heart as I enter a new term of academic and general worldly distractions that may tear my soul from a foundation in God alone.