In his book Soul Keeping John Ortberg states, “We will always take the most care of that which we value most deeply.” He says, “We live in a world that teaches us to be more concerned with the condition of our cars, or our careers, or our portolios than with the condition of our souls.” That reality raises a question: What are we taking the most care of right now? Is it our car or our home or our tools or our collections or our reputation? What are we spending the most time caring for and what important things do we neglect in order to make it happen?
The answer to that question reveals what we value the most. We can determine what we value the most by identifying what we take the best care of. In Mark 8:36-37 Jesus said, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” In other words, according to the Jesus, our soul is what we should keep and care for as first priority because it is our most valuable asset. A healthy life in every respect (including a healthy relationship with God) flows from a healthy soul so keeping it and caring for it should be our number 1 priority.
How do we do care for our soul? John Ortberg outlines the process in his book Soul Keeping. If you aren’t reading anything right now I would strongly encourage you pick up this book. If you are, place it on your reading list. As I continue to engage in sabbatical Jesus is helping me see the condition of my soul and leading me to prioritize caring for it above all else in life. Remember, a healthy life proceeds from God’s definition of a healthy soul.