John Ortberg once asked a man he considered wise, “How do you assess the well being of your soul?” Although I want to know, this is a tough question for me because I know my heart is wicked and I also have a tendency to be dishonest with myself. The wise man was quick with a reply and he said he asked himself the following two questions:
- Am I growing more easily discouraged these days?
- Am I growing more easily irritated these days?
These two questions pierce me because at the foundation of a healthy soul is God’s love and his peace. If I am experiencing his peace then I am less likely to veer into discouragement. If his love is expanding within me I am less likely to feel pangs of irritation.
How is your discouragement and irritation level these days?
You can read more about this in Orberg’s book, The Me I Want To Be.