The human soul is a deep thing. And often we assume we know each other and ourselves when we’re only scratching the surface. In every season we get to discover and offer more of ourselves to others.
We are not who we used to be. Nor are we yet all that we will be.
In each season of life, we discover more and more of ourselves. And others are on a similar journey.
We shortchange ourselves and our relationships when we assume there is nothing new to discover and experience in each other.
It is surprising just how much we grow and change over the years.
At a class reunion, for example, there is a sense in which we have to reintroduce ourselves to our classmates. While we share memories together, we are not the same person. And we have to meet each other again as if for the first time.
As we grow and access more of our souls, our hearts are offered for the first time at this depth. And like a virgin, we get to have fresh and uncharted encounters in each new season.
Others continue to grow as well. Over the years, it’s easy to assume we know all there is to know about someone. And so, we stop being curious and exploring the depths of their being.
While the years bring a level of familiarity and comfort, there remain unexplored regions in the heart of the other.
And even if they have given up on this exploration themselves, we don’t have to stop discovering the depths of their soul.
In fact, it is often in relationship that our blind spots are exposed and the deep places of our heart are brought to the surface.
The human soul is amazingly complex. There are new riches to discover in each season.
Don’t shortchange your life and relationships by staying on the surface.
Take the time to go deeper still.