In order to guard the soul one must maintain a proper identity. My first identity is realizing that I belong to Him; He is my Shepherd. If you are not aware that you are His and that He takes responsibility for you, your soul or mind can become overburdened when life gets to be more than you can handle.
When I was 18 years old I was shipped off to the United States Navy. It was during the time of the Vietnam war, even though I never went to Vietnam. One of the things I discovered during this journey was that almost all military personnel have something in common—a yearning for home. At least for me I know that the saying is true that, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.”