Soul Shaping Scripture

Today I’m coming off a week long vacation and I feel great. While a trip to Disney World with three young boys isn’t really a restful break it was still a break and we created some unforgettable memories.

Sometimes, simply changing up the routine a little bit can really breathe new life into us. I tend to be a creature of habit so a week of change helps point out unhealthy habits that I’ve developed.

One of the biggest that jumped out at me over the past week was my interaction with Scripture. I’m in the Word daily, but I must confess that most of my interaction with Scripture lately has been less than soul shaping.

I noticed last week that I’ve fallen into a pattern of using Scripture as a tool to accomplish my practical-functional purposes.  I’ve been immersing myself in Scripture to…

-Explore a new message

-Write a new blog post

-Support a chapter I’m writing

However, without any of those pressures, I found myself experiencing Scripture primarily as a place of intimacy with God for my own soul’s sake.

I believe many of you are tired. Very tired. Most of us are more tired than we know at the soul level. Some of you are even teetering on the brink of dangerous exhaustion.

I’m praying this week you’ll move beyond an interaction with Scripture that feels



lifeless or


I’m praying you’ll understand the difference between going through Scripture and allowing Scripture to go through you.

I’m praying you’ll allow God’s very words to breathe life into the most exhausted parts of your soul.


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Pete Wilson is the founding pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN and author of a new book entitled Plan B, his thoughts about what to do when life doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would. He is a frequent blogger on his popular ministry blog, Pete is married and has three sons.