So, we are here in the middle of January, how’s the new years resolutions coming? Oh, you know the one about eating better and getting healthier? Well, I’ve had a bit of a revelation on this matter.
Welcome to the table! Get comfy and let’s start with prayer…
Father in Heaven, would You speak to us in these words and help us to see Your message within. In Jesus name, Amen.
One of the enjoyable things about the holiday time is all the goodies we don’t normally have around the house. Fudge, candies, cookies, chocolates… In my family, we have a tradition of having “Bake Day” about a week before Christmas. Some of the ladies in our family will bring a few recipes and their ingredients and we just bake all day. We then divide up all the sweets and each take home several Christmas tins full of sugary treats. Oh my… these treats keep us in dessert heaven for the whole Christmas/ New Year’s celebration! Oh, and don’t even get me started on all the yummy hot coco flavors that come out at the holiday time.
As much as we enjoy these sweet treats and special times of the year, we simply couldn’t feast on these things exclusively and expect to be nourished. Our bodies need protein, grains, fruits and vegies to keep us healthy.
I thought about this “getting healthy” resolution that inevitably comes around every January. Why do we make this commitment at the turn of the year? I suppose it’s just the mindset of a brand-new year so make a brand-new commitment. We want to feel better, look better, and have more energy for life. Well… how about our spiritual life? What do we consume to be healthy in our spiritual life?
Do we spend the majority of our time consuming the news and all the negativity it has to offer? Do we binge watch the latest Netflix series? How about the latest podcasts that serve to stir up conflict and dissensions?
Maybe feasting on that kind of junk food isn’t so good for our spiritual lives. It doesn’t nourish us with what we need to be spiritually healthy and strong. We need the Living Water to hydrate our souls. We need the Bread of Life to fill us up.
John 6:35 “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me shall not hunger and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst.’” (ESV)
The things we sometimes feast on in our daily lives don’t nourish us but can actually deplete us. But Jesus seeks to feed us with His food. Spending time with Him daily, texting a prayer or bible verse or even a thoughtful word to a friend who is hurting or checking in with a neighbor are much more nourishing things to feast on.
Instead of flicking through Netflix, try Flipping through the pages of God’s word. Grab a great book designed to help you grow in your spiritual journey. Perhaps subscribe to an uplifting podcast that serves to inspire you.
How about spending a little less time on social media so as to not feel beaten down from everyone’s Pinterest worthy homes and lives? That’s a trap that can really make us feel less than. It simply doesn’t feed our souls with good nourishing sustenance.
Jesus has so much more filling, soul-sticking spiritual food for us to enjoy. It leaves us filled with peace and comfort, hope and strength, joy and happiness. It is a kind of food we couldn’t grow, can, preserve, or cook up. It is only served by the one who IS the bread of life. Feast on Him and the life-giving nourishment that He offers!
Make it a new day’s resolution to eat healthier spiritual food! The good news is… you can’t over eat!!!