Guarding Our Souls: cautionary words for a frantic world

Henri Nouwen Society - Daily Meditation

Guarding Our Souls – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey
The great danger of the turmoil of the end-time in which we live is losing our souls.  Losing our souls means losing touch with our center, our true call in life, our mission, our spiritual task.  Losing our soul means becoming so distracted by and preoccupied with all that is happening around us that we end up fragmented, confused, and erratic.  Jesus is very aware of that danger.  He says:  “Take care not to be deceived, because many will come using my name and saying, ‘I am the one’ and ‘The time is near at hand’  Refuse to join them” (Luke 21:8).
In the midst of anxious times there are many false prophets, promising all sorts of “salvations.”  It is important that we be faithful disciples of Jesus, never losing touch with our true spiritual selves.
For further reflection…
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4: 1 (NIV)