C.S. Lewis is often credited with saying
“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”
William Walsham, in 1876, wrote:
Now I think I am wrong, after all, in saying that you have a soul. Ought I not to say, you are a soul? Is not the soul really yourself? In truth, my children, it is the soul that has a body, not the body that has a soul; for the soul is greater surely than the body, and will last when the body is laid aside in death.
The idea originated earlier than Walsham, all the way to Luke 10:27: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” A lawyer had asked Christ for the path to eternal life.
And Christ turned back the question with his own, a very important question, one that we need to remember. “What is written in the Law?” (In other words, know the Bible.)
The man answered referred with Deuteronomy 6:5: “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
Old Testament and New Testament, and most of us are still neglecting our soul.
For most of our lives, we’re busy with our jobs (minds in use) while we concentrate on good things to eat and exercise to do (body in use). We enjoy our time with our families and friends. And we neglect the Soul–except for a little bit of time on Sunday, if then.
We have no trouble remembering our bodies. It constantly reminds us of its needs: Feed me. Take me to the bathroom. Let me sleep. Get up and walk, you lazy bum.
We remember our minds, for it will chatter at us: What do we do next? Should we turn there? Who on earth is that? I’ve forgotten. It’s on the tip of your tongue. Write that down so we’ll remember.
Our hearts crave relationships: husbands and wives, children and parents, sisters and brothers, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. Friends, more friends, close friends, mere acquaintances. Wish I knew how to keep my boss happy. How can I help that homeless man? My neighbor is sick; I’ll take her some soup. And so on. We build circles upon circles, ever expanding spheres of contact with others.
How often do we allow ourselves time to connect to our souls.
“But I go to church,” you retort.
Is that enough? Don’t you feel a yearning for more?
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By the way, many dispute that Lewis said the opening quotation; however, he did say that we have an organic unity. Since he came to know his scripture very well (after J.R.R. Tolkien showed him Christ), I will guarantee that he was familiar Luke 10:27: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”
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