All of us want to lead successful lives, but how do we do we manage our souls to ensure that they prosper and remain healthy? I think there are seven principles we need to apply to our lives to sustain a healthy soul. Here they are, I trust you will find them useful.
1. Personal Disciplines Psalm 1
There are three important areas where we need to apply discipline in our lives.
a) Make our souls accountable to God. This is a daily discipline we need to practice. Morning by morning we take time out to open our hearts to God and make our souls accountable to Him. Psalm 23:3 says, “He restores my soul.” This is possibly the most important discipline we can introduce into our lives to ensure a healthy soul.
b) Educate our souls. Proverbs 19:2 says; “It is not good for a soul to be without knowledge. Begin by educating your soul in God’s Word. Read the bible every day and let it shape your life as you apply the principles on a daily basis. You should also read good books and grow your knowledge by learning from the lives of others.
c) Refresh your soul. Ensure that you feed your emotional and spiritual sides. We are often good at ensuring our spiritual tank stays full. We read our bible, pray, go to church and practice other disciplines that enhance our spiritual growth. However, many of us do not realize the importance of filling our emotional tanks. Your emotional tank is filled differently to your spiritual one. We are all unique and we enjoy different activities that fill our emotional tanks. I love to walk or sit quietly and read a book And I can really switch off by watching a good movie. these are some of the ways in which I fill my emotional tank. Don't let your emotional tank run low because it will impact every part of your life. Remember, you do not fill your emotional tank the way you fill your spiritual tank, but they both need filling.
2. Pure Hearts
We are the guardians of our hearts. No one else can take care of your soul. We have to ensure that we work constantly at keeping our hearts clean. Proverbs 4: 23 says: "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it'. According to the writer of Proverbs, there is nothing more important than guarding your own heart. So then, we must ensure that no root of bitterness, anger or unforgiveness take root there.
Samuel Smiles said:
Sow a thought and you reap an act
Sow an act and you reap a habit
Sow a habit and you reap a character
Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
3. Praising Lifestyles
Practice an attitude of gratitude. Be intentional about thanksgiving. Wake up and look around you and appreciate all you have and give God thanks. It is amazing how good it is for our souls to express appreciation to God and to people.
4. Proactive speech
The Bible gives us good advice with regard to our speech. Proverbs 13:3 says “He who guards his lips, guards his soul.’ Jesus told us that what our hearts are full of our mouths will run over with. If your soul and heart are clean then it follows that your words and speech will be pure. Make sure your words are life-giving. And don’t define your life by the negative words spoken over you.
5. Purposeful Attitudes
God has put every one of us on this earth for a purpose. We need to discover that destiny and walk in it. Wake up with an "I can do" attitude and see what God can do with your life. You have been placed on this earth for a reason, you have a destiny to fulfil. Start walking in that purpose today.
6. People Commitment
Matthew 28:10 instructs us to …go and make disciples. This is not a calling to a few chosen, but for every single person who loves Jesus. When we become introspective and selfish our souls begin to atrophy, but as we look outward from ourselves and commit ourselves to others then our own souls prosper at the same time.
7. Positive Outlook
Read Number 12-14 to discover the detrimental impact of negative attitudes on an entire community. Negativity is contagious and can spread like wild fire. The story in Numbers is proof of that. We need to work constantly at ensuring a positive attitude and outlook.
These are the seven principles or disciplines that we can put in place in our lives to ensure that our souls stay healthy. Here's to healthy souls for the remainder of 2018.
I am and always will be,
recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus.
I love this picture of graceful reflection and confidence.