Many people believe that John Wesley started a church. But that is not exactly true. Instead of starting a church, John Wesley, along with others began a movement. At the very foundation of this movement were small groups, (Wesley called them classes). And central to these classes was the question that would be asked each time they came together, “How is it with your soul?”
Maybe we could learn from the Wesleyan movement. Maybe we could begin asking one another this simple question: “How is it with your soul?” Of course, today if we were to be asked the question, many of us would have the tendency to not truly disclose what is really going on. We might talk about our busyness as if that somehow shapes what is happening inside. We might talk about how everything is going well, as if that is what the person wants to hear. Or some of us would quickly tum the tables with, “Fine! How’s yours?”
I wonder what would happen if we were actually honest.
When we go to a doctor, we are honest about what hurts us. When we go to a mechanic, we tell the truth about what is wrong with our car. It makes sense to us to be open and honest about what is not working so that we can get whatever is broken fixed. But somehow, with our soul we’d rather not acknowledge the cracks. After all, if we acknowledge the cracks, we might have to acknowledge the causes. And that could hurt.
So, we come to an unspoken and unwritten agreement with everyone around us: “I won’t ask if you don’t ask.”
“How is it with your soul?” I wonder what would happen if we answered that question honestly not only with one another, but also with God.