GodReflection:Is It Well with My Soul?
“I heard Your voice from on high. “I am the food of the fully grown. Grow and you will feed on me. And you will not change Me into you, like the food of flesh eats. But you will be changed into Me.” – Augustine of Hippo, Confessions
Grandpa seem to enjoy the company of his own self. It was in a good way. He made art from what is a rarity of our current century. He was a classic piddlier. Grandpa was never bored—he piddled. To piddle was to be busy regardless of the lack of importance attached to the task at hand. As he piddled he mumbled to himself.
On the back of his lot and adjacent to the alley he had a little wood framed shop/storage room—think really little. It wasn’t uncommon to come upon him with his back bent over his junk bench as he talked himself through his current project. Perhaps he was oiling his fishing reel or looking for a lid to fit a jar.
Now in my reflective years I find that I’m often astonished to the degree that I mimic Grandpa. When I am alone my own spoken words come forth to reprimand, praise and accompany myself through my daily duties.
In my last post I identified four tags I use to find food for my soul. I mentioned Soul Showers and Soul Walk. The third tag I’ve found for soul food is Soul Talk.
Grandpa may have been onto something. Perhaps I too should talk out loud and direct one-sided conversation to my soul. Maybe Soul Talk can be vital to a healthy soul.
With each new day I want to use increased care with the words that speak to my soul. I want to be careful to not speak negativity into my soul. I want to remind my soul to seek what is good and right.
I asked in a former post for input on how others go about the task to feed their soul. One lifelong friend wrote: one of the things I have done intentionally is to control what I allow into my mind—what I watch, what I listen to, what I read, what I hear around me. And that has helped me to focus on my spiritual walk with Jesus.
Quickly I identified. By control of what I watch, read and hear I monitor what speaks into my soul. My mind regulates Soul Talk. As I bend over my life’s work bench I talk myself through cluttered junk. “Ok Gary what are you going to do with that piece of information? . . . Boy, I blew it that time, Lord help me to depend upon you more fully the next time a similar situation comes up.”
When I declare to myself, “I need to read that book or this is the best use of my time,” it is an act of talk that feeds my soul.
With each sunrise I see with greater clarity the finish line of my earth walk. As a new day dawns may I remember to find times to utter to myself (with full awareness the Holy overhears) something akin to the words of the old church father, “I heard Your voice from on high. “I am the food of the fully grown. Grow and you will feed on me. And you will not change Me into you, like the food of flesh eats. But you will be changed into Me.” I think God might just like to see that kind of Soul Talk. What do you think?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection: Soul Talk