A Healthy Soul: 3 Steps To Stay Healthy
Proverbs 4:23 | “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”
The heart here is speaking of our soul. Our mind, will, and emotions. Out of the condition of your soul will spring forth life.
So how is your soul?
Here are three things to help keep your soul in a healthy place…
1 | HAVE VISION
Proverbs 29:18 | “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint but blessed is he who keeps the law.”
I can’t stress how critical this is. So much anxiety and negative emotion fester when you have no vision.
Without vision, we cast off restraint. Without a destination, we wander. An unfocused mind will wander, and wandering will lead you into vicious traps. Because the enemy is waiting for you to stumble.
Most humans gravitate towards the negative. The threats we face, the hurt we endure, helplessness we feel… soon, instead of those things being something you’ve faced, they become who you are.
Do you have a vision for your life? Because at some point in time, “I want to be happy” will NOT cut it.
It is NOT strong enough to keep you anchored and moving forward in life.
You WILL face trouble. There WILL be times of suffering. Life is unkind to people. It is rough on you… and if happiness is your greatest pursuit you will be crushed quickly.
It’s just not deep enough…
Jesus is our greatest example. He did not say He came into the world to be happy.
John 18:37 | ‘Jesus answered, “For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” ‘
Jesus knew exactly what His mission was. His mission was great enough to outweigh the suffering He would inevitably endure.
So ask yourself, “What am I aiming for?” Is it great enough to outweigh your suffering? Set a goal! Develop a vision. This will move your life forward with focus.
2 | PROTECT WHAT COMES IN
Proverbs 25:28 | “Like a city breached, without walls, is one who lacks self-control.”
We often talk a LOT about self-help, but very little about self-control.
Protect what comes in…
Wait, you’re on Facebook constantly and you’ve found yourself angry???
You click on every news article and you’ve found yourself anxious???
You watch the saddest movies, listen to the saddest music, read the saddest stories, and you’ve found yourself depressed???
I’m NOT saying that everything you struggle with is ALL your fault… I know there are things that are illnesses, things that you may not be able to control… BUT you can choose to make it better, or make it worse… at least you can choose to make it not worse.
3 | ASK FOR HELP
I hate to pretend. And I hate when we pretend. I don’t like that the church sometimes fosters a culture of pretending. The world does enough of that.
If you were wounded, you wouldn’t go to a hospital and tell everyone you’re well. Hiding your pain will not make it go away.
Take away the stigma that needing help means your weak.
Life is ROUGH on people. There is an enemy out to destroy you and that’s not your fault.
Like in the battlefield, everyone is fighting together. Sometimes one man gets shot and the other one doesn’t… but its neither person’s fault that there is an enemy shooting at them.
We should stop being so good at hiding our wounds. ASK FOR HELP! Ask for all the help you can get, but do not ignore asking God for help.
Prayer gets a bad rep sometimes because we think it’s just about confessing things. Instead of telling you to “pray”… I would tell you to “pour it out” to God.
God is not afraid of your sadness. He can be with you in it and see you through it.
Psalm 13: 1-6 | “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O Lord my God! Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death, and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”; my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”
Open yourself up to God completely. Show God where it hurts, and just see if he can help with your wounds.