Last night, I did an exercise for my college class (Healthy Life Skills). It involved inputting your food intake for 4 days into a computer program and letting it analyze it. It would then spit out a report showing how your intake compared to the Recommended Daily Allowance for about two pages worth of stuff (vitamins, minerals, nutrients, etc.). The program that we were told to use for class was, in my opinion, rather clunky and not as accurate or user friendly as it could be.
But, as I considered it this morning, I got to thinking about our spiritual food choices. Physically, we all know that a diet that consists of junk food and a lifestyle that lacks exercise makes for a lethargic, obese, unhealthy individual. Over an extended period of time, that person’s health and quality of life decline. This condition can be improved by a lifestyle change with healthier choices, but it requires a lot of time, effort, energy, and determination. In a lot of cases, people give up and go back to the unhealthy choices, even though they know it will be bad for them, simply because it is “easier.”
Spiritually, it really isn’t all that different. Take a minute and think about what you are feeding your soul on. What kind of “food” does your diet consist of? What do you meditate on or think about? When things slow down, and you have time to think, where do your thoughts go? What do you read, listen to, or focus on throughout your day? I know that we have responsibilities that we have to give attention to, but what about the other stuff? Are all your time and attention and affections given to the things of this world?
I think about what my professor said… and it relates well to this topic. His advice was, “only buy good food, and then eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full.” The apostle Paul said something similar regarding what we think about. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) If what we keep in front of us, around us, near us to feed our souls with is only what is good for us to help us grow and prosper spiritually, we can eat when we’re hungry and stop when we’re full and be healthy spiritually.
I’m sure this topic could be expanded on, but I think I’ll stop there and let everyone think about it a while. Take some time and do a “food intake analysis” of your spiritual diet and see if there are areas where you’re lacking or could improve.
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