We have this God given piece of us, just like we have lungs and a spleen.  And the Lord engages it on a daily basis.  It is what we call our spirit.  And just like a physician can learn the anatomy of the body, so can we learn how our whole body and spirit works together.  As a whole, God is ever working to inspire and shape us on a daily basis.  The Psalmist asks it like this: “Where can I go from your Spirit, where can I flee from your presence”

As spiritual creatures, it is our DNA impulse to give and receive form from this world and to those around us.  This is why in our fallen world, James makes this very clear: “with the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.”  On this earth we have the spirit power to lift up or put down others and ourselves through every word and action. Everything either forms or deforms us.  Every situation, every disappointment, obstacle, success, has the power to shape us for good or for ill.  And we have the ability to harness our spirits in two ways.

Either we learn to abandon ourselves to God or enact that negative feeling that somehow God has abandoned us.  It is the difference between the spiritual master or the man or woman lost in depression. We give and receive form or deformity every day everywhere.