IT’S TOUGH TO TALK ABOUT THE SOUL.
Like most holy things, you can’t touch it, you can’t see it, you can’t even easily describe it. As a result, we spend most of our best energy and time talking about everything but the soul – our jobs, our family, the balance in our bank account, the recruiting class for next year.
Since we cannot see the soul, we focus on what can be seen. It’s easier to fix the visible than wrestle with the spiritual. Even if we are not doing well, we can put on a good show. There is no bruise that cannot be covered by makeup, no hurt that can’t be conveniently hidden away. But the constant declaration of scripture is that we are more than the sum of what can be seen. And at some point, there is a reckoning for all those inner struggles that we avoid. The soul will have its say. As the writer Dallas Willard put it,
“You are an unceasing spiritual being with an eternal destiny in God’s great universe Memorize it.
Say it to your friends. Tell it to people you meet. Strong currents in our society will attempt to keep you from realizing who you are before God.”