Dear TLS Community,
We are all too familiar with getting a hole in a sock. It’s part of the journey of life along with the missing sock that somehow seems to disappear from the washing machine, leaving behind an unwanted orphaned sock. At least we can mend the hole in a sock, but what do we do when we get a hole in our spirit?
Often the first hole in a sock appears at the most unfortunate or embarrassing times. We visit a friend’s house and remove our shoes to enter their house and somehow a toe seems to ‘know’ to break free at this moment. Whether at a PE class, or after a hard day at work, our socks get worn and soon a hole appears. We are then reminded that it is time to buy a replacement pair of socks and discard the old pair.
So what do you do if you get a hole worn in your spirit? Do you go out and try to purchase a new one? Do you try and mend it with a sewing machine? Whatever you do, the holes may continue to appear.
Often we look at external forces that are causing our spirit to get worn down when, perhaps, it might be more beneficial to look at how your own spirit might be causing the holes.
Take a hearty look at your “spiritual feet.” Take some time to wiggle your toes in the sand of God’s love and Christ’s salvation. Make sure that what you stand on is a solid foundation and will not wear you down.
Many parts of our lives drain us instead of filling us up. Stages of our lives can be referred to as in our ‘prime’, but often this time can prove to also be tumultuous with studies, relationships and the struggles of daily life. Parenting, household chores, and taking care of the family can be wearing on both body and spirit. Both youth and adults go to bed, knowing that they have to wake up the next morning and do it all over again.
Every time you make a commitment, some of your free time disappears and your spirit potentially gets worn down.
Find focus to reduce the wear
Our focus will determine our priorities and the manner in which we accomplish tasks in our daily lives. Often, it is not the bad things that wear holes in our soul, but doing too many good things instead of focusing on the best. We need to recognise that some things we do have greater significance than others.
Are there any activities you could do without? What activities are using a lot of time and are not very productive in fulfilling God’s will for your life? These activities are wearing holes in your ‘spiritual socks’.
You can replace your ‘spiritual socks’ by regaining focus. You can repair them by losing what is simply time consuming. Remember to walk closely with God. He will make sure that your ‘spiritual socks’ are always in good repair.
Our walk with God is commonly known as discipleship. Unfortunately some of us have allowed ourselves to become spiritually worn out and sidelined.
- What things have you allowed to wear you down spiritually that you need to remove from your life?
- What holes have been left in your soul that need to be mended?
- What can be done to help you regain your spiritual focus?
- How can you return to your Christian walk, to discipleship in your life?
Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what He wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12 v 2
Look to the cross to mend your soul!
Maybe the best place to look in mending the holes in your spirit is to the cross. At the cross Jesus became very well acquainted with holes:
- A crown of thorns was placed upon His head, the sharp thorns puncturing holes in His scalp and brow.
- There were holes in His hands and feet where the soldiers nailed Him to the cross.
But it was the hole in His heart that was the biggest – a heart broken by the sin of you and me. It was the reason He came to us, to mend the hole created by sin. Jesus died on that cross to mend our soul and spirit wounded by sin, but that wasn’t the last hole. You see, there was one more hole that Christ faced that would change everything.
They took his body down from the cross and it was placed in a borrowed hole, a tomb, by Joseph of Arimathea. Three days later Jesus left the hole and was alive. And with the conquering of the grave He proved that there was no hole too big, too deep, too painful, too dark, too impossible to overcome, that God cannot heal.
So look to the cross. Look to Jesus, for the mending of your soul. Look to Him for His priorities for your life. Not only will you find healing, but also renewal. You’ll be able to move from a life of holes and a worn out spirit to a holy life filled with His joy and strength for each new day.
Many blessings for the week ahead,
The Management Team.