How Is It With Your Soul?
When Methodists were asked this question in their small groups over two hundred years ago, they were encouraged not only to share how they felt, but more importantly, how they were living.
John Wesley developed the general rules that are designed to help us stay connected to God, to each other, and to the world: do no harm, do good, stay in love with God.
“Soul Talk—Family Style!”
Staying connected to God and others follows the instructions of Jesus in the Great Commandment, Matthew 22:37-39 (Love God; love your neighbor as yourself.)
Talk to your children frequently about how they are feeling – how is it with their soul?
Before they go to sleep, while at the dinner table or in the car, ask them how their day went.
- Did they have opportunities to do good or that prevented harm?
- Did they do or say something that encouraged someone?
- Are they frustrated or angry or sad about something?
- Are there blessings they can point to in their life?
- Can they be a blessing to someone?
- Share your thoughts about how you have seen signs of God today.
Maybe this can be the focus of your week – to be on the lookout for signs of God!