Over nine years, Ray Romano, star of the sitcom, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, rose from struggling comedian to one of the highest-paid actors on television. After the taping of the last show in May 2005, Romano came out and spoke to the studio audience. He reflected on his past and future, now that the show had finished its run. He took out a piece of paper, a note his brothers had stuck in his luggage the day he moved from New York to Hollywood to pursue fame and fortune, nine years earlier. He read from the note, “My older brother Richard wrote, ‘What does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and loses his soul?’” Choking back tears, Romano continued, “Now, I’m going to work on my soul.”
I have to admit that I was pretty surprised when I read this story. I guess I am one of those people who assumes that when someone is wealthy, popular, and successful that they somehow have it all together. I am pretty impressed that Mr. Romano at least recognized the need to do work on his soul. I hope he took the time and energy that is necessary to do just that. After all, so many of us hardly ever think about doing that kind of hard work.
When was the last time I thought about really working on my soul? For many of us, we know the importance of taking care of our bodies, even though we don’t always do what we ought to do. We might not like it, but we know that we should watch what we eat. We are aware of the dangers of smoking. We hear that we need to exercise more and get enough sleep. And many of us don’t hesitate to go to the doctor if our bodies are achy or hurting or just not feeling right. But when it comes to our soul, it is often a whole different story.
Could the reason why we don’t think much about our souls be because we have things backward? I have come to believe that many of us think that we are a body with a soul, but, in reality, we are a soul with a body. Our bodies are simply a temporary dwelling place for our souls; our bodies will die, but our souls will live for eternity somewhere.
God breathed life into you and me, AND we are living souls.
Let me ask you again: How is it with your soul?