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In the book, Soul Custody, author Steven Smith makes the case that believers need to choose to move toward a less busy and more disciplined life. Smith writes, ”Every single person who feels more dead than alive, more tired than energized, more burned-out than motivated, more unfulfilled than thriving is a soul in need – a soul who needs to be cared for. The Chinese have two characters for the English word busyness, which they define as “heart annihilation.” We’re killing ourselves with all of our busy, busy, busy. One of the reasons for the overwhelming amount of annihilation around us and in us is that the sin of busyness is very subtle. It’s a subtle sin because busyness is validated, applauded, and affirmed everywhere – and sometimes especially among Christians.”

--Smith, Stephen, Soul Custody, Choosing To Care for the one and only you, Copyright 2010, David C. Cook Publishers, pg 18. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

Matthew 16:25-26 (CEV) If you want to save your life, you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find it. (26) What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself? What would you give to get back your soul?

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