"But what does it profit a person if they gain the whole world but lose their own soul? What is worth more than your soul?" Matthew 16:26

Several years ago, during an unusually intense season of ministry, I made a comment to a friend that surprised us both. Before I could censor my thoughts, I heard myself saying, "I'm tired of helping other people enjoy God; I just want to enjoy God for myself."

This was not the first time I had noticed such a slip—nor would it be the last—but it was certainly one of the most clearly articulated! In the silence that followed this admission, I realized that there was an even truer truth waiting to be spoken, but I had been too busy and too out of touch with my own soul to say it.

What I really needed to say to God was "I miss you." And when I heard myself say that, the awareness of what was true in my own soul hit me with such force that it felt like being knocked over by a wave that had been gathering strength while my back was turned.

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