Recently, I was sharing with my boys about the importance of guarding your soul. I used the example of a sponge. Our soul is like a sponge and our ears and eyes are the pores which flows everything into our soul.
I grew up an only child. No siblings were there to tell me any different so I abounded in fear of everything. I had fear the wicked witch was behind my bed for years when I was a toddler. I slept in the middle of my bed so the witch couldn’t get me until I was about eight years old.
I had a trampoline. One day I was jumping while holding a branch of a dead tree which hung over. My neighbor, a boy a little older than myself along with his older brother, told me if I kept jumping with that limb, the tree would eventually dig a hole and swallow me up. I stopped immediately. It was true. Right?
As I got older, fears grew to other things – fear of losing a job, losing a family member, life swallowing me up in its own hole. Yes, I knew God said according to His Word He did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) But I still feared the unexpected and the unknown.
A few years ago, I was listening to a certain radio personality who talked often about world events. He shared how bad things were heading – a collapse of world markets, food shortages, and riots in the streets. Everyday I would hear this and I would be consumed with fear.
I began stocking up food and clothing unbeknownst to my family what I was doing. Remember, we are a family of nine. I would think of strategies if the inevitable happened:
“How would I escape the metro area?”
“Where could I get clean water?”
“How could we eat?”
One day my eye opened. The more I listened to the personality, the more I feared. With accountability and confessing to my small group at church, I stopped listening and all of sudden the fear left.
The other day, I was flipping through the channels and I came across the personality again. He was doing the same talk as before – riots, food shortages, and world economic collapse. I took the power into my own hands and changed it immediately. I was not going to absorb the information and bring fear into my life.
Our souls are sponges. The power over things comes in the power of choice. Unlike sponges, we can choose what we take in and what we reject. Information, negativity, fear, rejection, gossip, and the like come at us at all times throughout the day. Some come through people and others through powerful marketing. Take the power in your hands. Change the channel. Say no. Reject it. Don’t soak up anything which can harm your soul and eventually your destroy your spirit.