It's like the statement "you are what you eat." It's true isn't it? On the surface, the phrase conveys that to be healthy and fit, your intake of food should be good, however, the interpretation could go deeper. Food contains different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, etc. and our human body cells are made up of these nutrients. When we eat this food, our digestive system extracts the nutrients from it to become part of our body cells. If we've chosen a balanced diet, this food makes us feel strong and fresh, where a poor diet will cause us to feel weak and tired if does not containing sufficient ingredients. Literally we become what we eat.
One day, while grabbing coffee with a good friend, I noticed something was bothering him. After commenting on it, He replied, "I don't know what to do. I have been eating healthy every day for years but I still keep gaining weight! Like a lot! I can't seem to shake it! What is wrong with me?" This did seem strange, so I asked him to walk me through a typical day in his diet to see if we could come up with a solution. "What exactly do you eat each day?" He went on to explain his daily food intake. "Well, every morning I wake up and faithfully eat an apple. I can't remember the last time I forgot to. After that, I head to work. On my way, I usually stop and grab a big white chocolate latte and some doughnuts; they really help me get though my morning. For lunch, I run down the street to McDonalds and grab something quick. It's such a pain to pack a lunch every single day, so that helps a ton! I hate dishes so, for dinner, I love going out to my favorite burger joint. They have the best pie! Thats my typical day. I don't see why i'm gaining weight?!"
Our spiritual bodies are the same way
Ok, so that story I made up was a little ridiculous, but it is exactly how we treat our spiritual lives! For "breakfast" we read our bibles for thirty minutes in the morning, of course, after we have already checked Facebook for at least 15 minutes first. Then, for "lunch", we move about our day with our phones by our side and social media one click away for that "quick fix" whenever we need something to fill our time. Finally, for "dinner" we have Netflix cued up for the next episode of the next big season of whatever show we are into at the time. All the while we sit and wonder why we feel so discontent and distant from God.
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
― C.S. Lewis,
This is us with social networking and entertainment. Our spiritual lives are being choked out by "unhealthy eating". We are drawn to getting our self worth from likes on Facebook or Twitter instead of Jesus. We expect the pleasures of this world to satisfy us even when Jesus says we are made for something so much greater.
Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
In and of itself there is nothing wrong with Facebook or Netflix but it becomes sin when we become conformed to this world because we continue to renew our mind in the next episode on Netflix instead of in scripture. Jesus is calling us to Infinite Joy! (I talked more about the in my last blog "The Secret to Peace and Contentment." ) I pray that this joy is not stolen from you. Satan preaches with empty promises of happiness and entices you. Don't allow yourself to become spiritually dead from unhealthy eating.