If you’re like me, you probably thought to yourself in high school, “Am I going to need this in the real world?” So, I asked one of my teachers (the young handsome one of course) “Probably not” he said.
I grew up in the inner city. Twelve years of public education and I can honestly say that I didn’t need at least 60% of it. Gone were the after-school programs, home economics classes, competitive sports and technical trainings to prepare me for the employment market. Everyone is not cut out for college. After enrolling into three colleges and dropping out the first semester of each one–sheeesh, I completed my degree at my fourth college. I had a boat load of student loans and no real job experience. Stuck again.
I said all of that to say, my mind was filled with information and most of it was useless. My soul was for-sure out of whack.
Your soul is your control center. Nope, not your spirit. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41)
The soul is made of three components: mind, will and emotions.
Your mind thinks, reasons, perceives, judges and remembers. Your mind stores and processes information. Your mind right now has a collection of facts, perceptions and deceptions.
Your will directs your intentions. Ultimately, your choices are driven by your will. A weak–willed person is easily influenced by emotion over reason. A weak-willed person quickly changes their decisions, opinions, or plans and is easily manipulated by others.
On the flip side, a person that is strong willed when misinformed though they stick to their guns and not budge–is out of balance. Either extreme is not productive.
Your emotions are more than feelings. Feelings are a series of sensations. Your emotions are a collection of sensations; perceived by your mind or your body. Feelings are not facts.
We all have a responsibility to nourish our soul if we want to live our best life.
As adults, we cannot be singular in our existence. We cannot only be driven by the mind, or only by the will or only by emotions. And, while that seems like a simple enough statement, the quality of our life is determined by how balanced we are: mind, will and emotions.
You are a spiritual being that operates your soul while in the body.
Achieving our financial goals for example, has a lot to do with “why” you spend and not just “how” you spend. Financial fortitude is not about how much money you have but how you use what you have to obtain your needs and aspirations.
Even, spiritually–spiritual growth is more than church attendance and being used in the choir or soup kitchen. It’s so not about how well a sermon is preached or how well a bible lesson is taught.
Spiritual growth is the continual transformation of our mind, will and emotions to that of Christ and our Heavenly Father.
Your mental perception, purpose-driven will and emotional maturity will lead your best life. Health, wealth, wisdom and so much more are experienced through the body and the soul, so we must strive to be healthy and whole.
Never say “OK, I’ll stop learning and stop dreaming because I’ve reached my limit”. There are no limits to what you can achieve and obtain in Christ–here and the Kingdom to come. Don’t quit. Don’t lay down defeated. Don’t make excuses for your failures, learn from them. Learn from others that are where you want to be. Don’t just learn, day-dream, sketch and draw–then erase and start over if you have to. Have fun with this.
This term “clarity of soul” means that a person can clearly see themselves as they are without pre-conceived ideas of how they are supposed to be. Strive for clarity of soul and spiritual excellence.
Personal transformation begins in the soul and manifests in our decisions and actions.
How should you feed our soul?
Would you go days or weeks without food and water? Your mind needs for you to file some stuff out and file some stuff in. You can’t keep reading, reading, reading and think you’re actually retaining all of it. You don’t need everything that’s in your mind by the constant bombardment of everyday living, people, past abusers, commercials and the like.
You want to do this weekly. As you read a newspaper or book, ask yourself “How do I feel about that? What do I know about that? Do I need to know that?” “What do I need to research? Who is going to tell me the truth about what I’m researching? What are the footnotes, bibliography and references and how can I read them?” Write the answers as side notes on the page and read over it after four weeks to see what you’ve learned. And of course, keep a journal. “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Please don’t confuse a christian writer as a truthful writer. Don’t believe it because they said it. Even, the Lord said “Come let us reason together.” (Isaiah 1:18) Don’t be afraid to challenge anyone who calls themselves an authority in any given area or expertise.
Feed your soul with truth and affirm who you are. Speak good to yourself and about yourself. A healthy self-image is so important. Make it a habit to do exciting, enjoyable non-religious/non-spiritual things. Go swimming, climb a mountain, go for coffee with a friend, start a new hobby. So many Christians are super-uptight. Believe me, behind their smile is insincerity–with minds that are filled with lust, accusations and a bunch of junk.
Take care of yourself. Beautify yourself. Love hard and forgive often.
I’ve shared a few anecdotes on how to bring your soul the clarity it needs to live a fuller, more adventurous life. There is so many places to go, things to do and people to meet. Don’t just live a little; live a lot!