“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36, 37)
It could be said of so many that they are guilty of taking for granted that their souls are healthy and doing pretty well, thank you! Satan has become very adept at convincing us that we are all right, when in reality we are not.
Sometimes our children and even our grandchildren fail to realize just how much we love them and want what’s best for them. We can express that love, show proof of that love through acts of kindness and still not see a breakthrough in their thinking. Perhaps there are shortcomings on both sides of this situation and all we can do is keep on improving.
God has not left us in the dark when it comes to knowing that He loves us … in fact, He loves us so much that He was willing to send His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to this land of sin and sorrow to die on the cross that through His death, obedience and the shedding of His blood (John 3:16) we might have the opportunity of obtain eternal life!
This is the wonderful story of love that weaves itself throughout the Old Testament and into the New Testament and we must never forget it.
Perhaps we should be asking ourselves … and then one another in a most kind and sincere way … “how’s your soul today?” Perhaps we should be inquiring of those we come in contact with on a daily basis in a most kind and sincere way … “how’s your soul today?” And as my oldest grandson has suggested, those we love the most in a most kind and sincere way … “how’s your soul today?”
In my reading the following poem written by an unknown author caught my attention and it will probably catch your attention as well.
HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT YOUR SOUL TODAY?
Have you ever stopped to wonder what this life is all about
Why you’re here and where you’re going when your lease on life runs out?
Maybe you’ve been far too busy, trying hard to reach your goal;
Would you let me ask you kindly, have you thought about your soul?
You may reach the highest portals, and your dreams may all come true;
Wealth and fame may be your portion, and success may shine on you.
All your friends may sing your praises, not a care on you may roll;
What about the great tomorrow – have you thought about your soul?
Don’t forget your days are numbered though you may be riding high;
But like all of us poor mortals, someday you’ll just up and die.
Your success and fame and glory won’t be worth the bell you toll;
Let me ask you just one question, have you thought about your soul?
If you never thought it over, spend a little time today;
There is nothing more important that will ever come your way,
Than the joys of sins forgiven, and to know you’ve been made whole;
In the name of Christ the Savior, have you thought about your soul?
So, from my heart to yours … “would you think about your soul?” You will be glad you did when you make peace with your God, yourself and others!
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 2)
Bill Fairchild, Jr.