One of my 2011 projects is to clean out paper files. Almost as soon as I started, I came across an article titled The Shriveled Soul Syndrome by Paul Borthwick. Curious about the source, I searched online and found a similarly named blog hosted by Paul and his wife, Christie.
Their premise is that “life is the accumulation of one’s choices.” Through those choices, we either become vibrant, resilient, optimistic individuals with “enlarged hearts” toward life or “shriveled souls” who allow life’s difficulties to desiccate our hearts.
Here are the Borthwicks’ suggestions for avoiding the shriveled soul syndrome:
– Avoid gossip
– Release bitterness
– Take risks
– Don’t live for stuff
– Master your appetites
– Grow deep
– Be generous
– Celebrate the past, embrace the present and anticipate the future
– Think globally
Christie and Paul offer words of wisdom for each of these points. Read the entire article at: http://www.daintl.org/wordpress/2010/04/shriveled-soul-syndrome/
Now that you know ways to expand your soul, you’re probably wondering how this syndrome relates to shrinking a waistline. That challenge could fall under the “master your appetites” bullet point. The Borthwicks elaborate: “A person controlled by cravings will shrink their spiritual capacity because food, lust, or other unchecked desires will take over.” Do a cravings check. Is an “unchecked desire” shrinking your soul?
One of my recent favorite Bible verses speaks to the “growing deep” bullet and to the power to master appetites: “I pray Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots grow down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.” Ephesians 3:17 NLT
May each of us expand our hearts, shrink our waistlines and enlarge our service to others in 2011! Becky