Sunday, August 22, 2010

Joint Custody

"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." - Proverbs 14:12

Ever wonder about the soul? I mean what is it really, is it like our spirit within us? Can it be seen?

Doctor's can't open our bodies up and begin to dissect us in hopes of locating one but the daily battle we wage between good and evil every minute is for the distinct opportunity to chose where we will spend our eternal lives.

I know death isn't something we ever really chose to think about, and hopefully for this generation, Jesus will come back for the church before we ever have to think about putting our bodies in the ground but it may come to that.

Where will you chose to spend your eternity?

Will it be with Jesus Christ in eternal bliss in Heaven?

Or will it be with the devil in eternal torment in Hell?

There is no option C and quite honesty, option B shouldn't even be one to consider. Yet often times we spend our lives here on Earth with the thought that only our eternal lives matter and if we suffer in this one, well so be it.

We each have only one soul. We will not get another. This is the only life we will live - so let's live it well. In living well, we honor God, honor every facet of our souls, and see that the life that Jesus offers us really is a life of "robust sanity." Soul care is living with the end in mind but also living well now.

Every single person who feels more dead than alive, more tired than energized, more burned-out than motivated, more unfulfilled than thriving is a soul in need - a soul who needs to be cared for.

The Chinese have two characters for the English word busyness, which they define as heart annihilation. We're killing ourselves with all our busy, busy, busy. One of the reasons for overwhelming amount of annihilation around us and in us is that the sin of busyness is very subtle. It's a subtle sin because busyness is validated, applauded, and affirmed everywhere and sometimes especially among Christians.

Why should we lose our lives in vain attempts to live? For me, caring for my soul has been a journey to reclaim my life - the life I want to live and the life I was intended to live. By choosing to live in live-giving ways, my own life is being healed, cured, and restored.

Taking custody of your own soul is all about being mindful of your soul and your God, your life and your future, your heart and what it's beating for - whether for the sacred or only for what is of this world. Being mindful of your soul simply requires loving the Lord your God will all of your heart and mind. Sometimes loving God is easier than mindfully choosing to live in ways that are life giving not heart annihilating.

Soul custody is taking back what we've almost lost in order to gain what we should never want to lose. It's doing what the word custody implies - taking responsibility for souls and hearts. This is our sacred privilege.

Of course we really share joint custody of our souls with God. But we can be sure that He will do His part to look after our soul's well-being. Are we holding up our end of the partnership?

Abdicating our role as the custodian of our own souls is handing over our responsibility to someone or something else who may not have our best interests in mind. You know as well as I that there is always someone who wants to tell s how to live, what to buy, where to go. Relinquishing the God-given role of caring for our souls usually results in the paying of a tremendous price, not once, but throughout life. We can choose to sit down and throw our hands up in surrender, or we can assume the God-given role each of us has in caring for our souls. The choice is ours to make.

What will your choice be, soul custody or joint custody?


Gotta Have Faith said...

Wow Sweetie! This was a pretty powerful message you wrote today. Very deep and soul wrenching! I know that in giving up our soul to God we have to be always diligent in protecting ourselves against the enemy.

Awesome message.

Divine Mrs D said...

Busyness is certainly du jour in NYC. It's getting me down.

Thank you for your message!!

Just Be Real said...

Kat powerful message. A message that we need to guard our hearts. Blessings to you dear.

Denise said...

Such an awesome post, love you.

Wanda said...

Kat, thanks for sharing this thought provoking post. You're correct busyness is validated but often leads to sapping our strength. B/c much of what we're busy doing is out of alignment with our purpose.

wendy said...

good post!!
I need to do a better job in taking care of MY soul
God has faith in me....I need more faith in myself

Dena E's Blog said...

I just LOVE your post Sweetie,,each time I come here I am amazed by the gift you have been given from God to share about Him !!! I see your lil profile pic at soooo many blogs and ask God,,gee why doesnt she find mine
:0) (((Maybe Dena,,, its because you have not left many notes here at hers,,,duh)) so I will now..
I do feel inspired each time and loved the comment you left at JBR's

Let Him fill our hearts,,, our whole beings with His Awesome
Holy Spirit,,till we are over~flowing...Amen
Heres a realization~~~ Loving God is the best way to Love your self and others...
May Gods Blessings Be On You~~~
And Hugs from me too~~~Dena

He & Me + 3 said...

That was awesome and some great words to think about. Great post.

Warren Baldwin said...

Excellent thoughts! There is always competition for our souls. We can decide to let God win! Great ideas.

Marketing Representative for Foster Benefit Resources, Inc. said...

wow Kat! yes I agree - well said!!! This summer has not afforded me time to be on blogs but I am so glad I read this tonight. My husband and I were just talking about how we find this important when "on mission" but not so much in our daily lives. Thank you for the reminder - affirmation - conviction (ty Jesus) - and for the accountability!
Hugs, Chel

Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Kat, you always write such thought provoking posts, what a gift you have!
thanks for stopping by, I do hope the recipient of the apron likes it as much as I do!