I’ve listened several times to Jim Wallis’s podcast, and he always begins his interviews with that question: “How is your spirit?”
It’s a great question, isn’t it? How is your heart? How do you feel at your core right now about the things that are happening around you and the things that are happening IN you? Are you afraid or angry or self-righteous or filled with hate or contentment or turmoil or ….?
My spirit is DISLOCATED; I have work to do in Croatia, and I haven’t been there since March. Yet I have family needs here in the USA, and a beautiful baby granddaughter in Texas. I feel pulled, like a rope of taffy on a machine.
My spirit is TROUBLED by the way things appear to my eyes of flesh. My spirit is troubled by my own failures of character and self-discipline.
My spirit is CONTENT to spend a few moments alone with my God and my coffee and the book of Titus this morning.
My spirit is CONFIDENT that God is in control of what happens in my life and my family’s life, and the Biblical Institute of Zagreb–he’s in control of that, too. And elections, even when the side you think should win loses.
My spirit is RESTING in the grace that …
has appeared, bringing salvation to all people,
[training] us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
as we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
[who] gave himself for us to set us free from every kind of lawlessness
and to purify for himself a people who are truly his, who are eager to do good(Titus 2.11-14)
How is YOUR spirit?