We devote a considerable amount of time and energy in our society on diet and nutrition – planning meals, fixing healthy lunches for our kids, watching top chefs exhibit their skills in the kitchen, carefully preparing allergy-free meals, etc. Disease prevention, severe food allergies and weight loss goals influence our daily decisions about diet and nutrition. We have started to pay more careful attention to what we feed our children and ourselves. We spend millions of dollars annually on healthy, organic foods and nutritional supplements. Why? Because what we feed our bodies directly affects our physical health, positively or negatively. I even recently subscribed to the following blog:
CLEAN CUISINE IS CLEAN EATING ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, NUTRIENT-RICH FOOD IN ITS MOST NATURAL AND UNREFINED STATE PREPARED IN SCRUMPTIOUSLY DELICIOUS RECIPES THAT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU AGE, LOOK, AND FEEL!
Imagine if we gave the same amount of attention to what we feed our minds and spirits. Our spiritual health is directly affected by what we feed our minds and spirits. Negative images, music, tv shows, movies, talk and people are toxic to our spiritual body. Don’t believe me? Then why do we have a generation of girls and women striving and practically killing themselves to achieve what they believe is the “perfect” body? Negative body images. Why do we have a generation of boys and men who don’t know what it means to be a gentleman and treat women with respect? Negative music. Why do we have a generation of adults stressing themselves (almost to death) trying to “keep up with Joneses” to achieve riches and wealth? Negative tv shows and movies. Why are children disrespecting their parents at such alarming rates? Negative music, tv shows, movies.
What if we fed ourselves the Word instead?
Women and girls would feel good about their bodies if they realized they are “fearfully and wonderfully made”.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:13-14 NIV)
Men and boys would know how to treat and respect women and girls if they knew the value of a woman.
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” (Proverbs 31:10 NIV)
Adults could stop stressing themselves trying to “keep up with the Joneses” if they realized that God is the source of all we have. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NIV)
Children would realize the importance of respecting their parents if they knew the consequences of not doing so. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:1-3 NIV)
No one loves great food better than I do, but my physical body will not last forever. My spiritual body will.
Until next time-
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6 NIV)