In the last 36 hours Sallie and I (Rich) attended the wake of a friend’s father who died and then had the wonderful joy of witnessing the birth of our sixth grandchild Dylan Elisabeth weighing into life at 7lbs 8 oz. Death and life, sadness and joy … both impacted my soul.
"Whatever else you are doing, the state of your soul matters more."
Without the capacity to quiet and still the soul the Christian life becomes pretty much a journey of spiritualizing our neurotic and compulsive tendencies in order to feel safe.
"For God alone my soul in silence waits; from him comes my salvation" (Psalm 62:1). Sooner of later we have to put God first in our life. That is to say, our own true spiritual development must become the only thing that really matters. It need not, and indeed better not, be the only thing. But it must be the first thing. When this happens we will find that a lot of the unnecessary 'junk' that we carried about has been shed. Mental junk. But probably physical junk will follow! We will find we do a great deal less