Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”- John 14:27
John Ortberg concludes his discussion of sustaining grace in Chapter 11 of Soul Keeping by listing six indicators of soul-fatigue.
1. Things seem to bother you more than they should. Personal peccadillos become massive character flaws.
2. It’s hard to make up your mind about even a simple decision.
3. Impulses to eat, drink, or crave are harder to resist than they should be. When facing temptation, we are more likely to give in than if our soul was at rest.
4. Short-term gains are favored, with resultant high long-term costs. Because Israel grew tired and impatient waiting on Moses and God, they ended up worshipping a golden calf.
5. Your judgment is suffering. Poor, hasty, or irrational decisions are made.
6. You have less courage. When Jesus was crucified, the disciples fled in fear. Years later, they sacrificed their lives for Jesus. The change was not in their bodies, but in their souls.
When hurry is the default setting for our lives, the soul is not well. Resting, on the other hand, gives the soul peace.
Today’s question: Do you have any of the indicators of soul-fatigue? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “The Grace of Significance”