Balancing Life and Soul Care
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
—Matthew 11:28 -29 (NIV)
This is the second part on the series “Soul-Care” … last month we talked about the importance of self care and how we can go about preparing, planning, and executing a self care routine.
Today we are going to start with the definition of Soul Care which is defined as the support and restoration of the wellbeing of persons in their totality (mind, body & spirit) with particular concern for the inner life. (According to google)
According to 1 Thessalonians 5:23 humans exist in three parts as a Body, Soul and Spirit. All parts existing separately and functioning on their own but working all together, complementing each other as a whole. Our physical body connects us to the physical world, our spirit to the supernatural, and our soul is our mind, will, and emotions.
The importance of Balance
Caring for your soul implies that you have balance in the areas that surround your life. However, more often than not caring for ouselves tends to take the back burner specially, when we serve our homes, church, or community. Those who serve others unintentionally neglect taking care of themselves causing their spirtual lives to become dry while also, dealing with life imbalances. To balance life we must take a closer look at our inner being.
Some good questions to ask yourselves to evaluate where you stand, are:
Where (if any) area in your life do you feel disconnect? examples: finances, health, exercise, spiritual, or emotional.
What can you control? Any actions you can take that can shift space and time to bring back balance, connection, or vitality.
What is life giving, to you?
What is hindering your efforts of personal growth?
What common pressures do you have?
These questions when answer can give you an insight into where you are in body, mind, and spirit. Reflect on your answers, they may surprise you. Did you discover certain patterns or habits in your life? Are you intentionally practicing habit change or is there room for improvement?
Soul Care is Meaningful
Soul care is not selfish, shameful, hurried, and it is not always easy. When you allow yourself to be transparent for your need of soul care you give permission to others to be broken with you. We all have a broken need for love/friendship/grace/confidence/purpose.
The soul is the essence of who YOU are, your personality, your inner self, it emcompasses the wholeness of you. As humans, we are social creatures and our lives take on purpose and meaning through our relationships with others. Soul Care can be provided through our mutual friendships, being around people who fill our lives with joy and love that can help us to cope, physically and emotionally. Likewise, emotional anguish, spiritual distress, and physical pain take part in many illness, destructive practices, broken relationships, and financial problems that we may face.
In context good self-care is attending to and respecting the limitations and needs that God has designed for humans. It brings balance to our lives!
Nowadays, we live in a crazy, busy world surrounded by “smart” technology, which keeps our minds on high-alert. Currently, people are constantly checking their cell phones and portable devices for messages and updates. We are living in a constant information overload, and more than ever we feel distracted, frustrated, or even half sick. The time has come when our body, our mind, and our soul need refreshing, in the same way our bodies and our minds need maintenance.
Finding renewal for our weary souls means we need to look up to Jesus to find rest. Our soul has the capacity to pull together all our parts into a whole life, but when we are noisy and hurried, we are incapable of intimacy – deep, complex, personal relationships with God, ourselves, and others. Being intentional about refreshment and renewal of our inner person is the action we need to take. Jesus offers us help for the soul, He will strengthened us to face the things life throws at us. But to do so we have to take intentional motion towards healing, sustaining, reconciling & guiding of our soul.
One way to do this is to Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) When was the last time you took a walk out in God’s creation and just took notice of His marvelous work? Or found a quiet place to just be silent, just be with God. If it has been a while I encourage you to make the time to be still and wonder at His creation and humbly ask Him to restore your soul.
We will continue the series next month … curious, what do you do to connect with God and His wonders?