I like food. I like to cook. I like to eat. I like to grocery shop. Food Network is my TV channel of choice. Few things give me more pleasure than preparing a nice meal for people I care about. My husband and I are often talking about what we will cook for tomorrow’s supper before we finish with todays. I can spend hours reading through a cookbook. When the grocery ads come out each week, I can hardly wait to look thru them and plan my shopping list and menus for the coming week. Many conversations in the office at work are centered around recipes we’ve tried or heard about. I like food.
My mom was always into health food…before it was cool, she had studied the benefits of a healthy diet and taking supplements. If I would complain to her about an ailment her response often was what food, vitamin or herb I could take that would help. She understood the importance of putting good things into our bodies in order to feel our best. Over the years, I too have tried to learn how to eat properly so that I can be healthy and strong. The older I get, the more I notice when I eat badly how it affects the way I feel. I’m not sure if that is because I am paying more attention to it and making the connection or if it is because my body is more sensitive to the bad stuff – probably both.
Just like it is important to feed our bodies good food to stay healthy and strong, we must also feed our mind and spirit good things for it to be healthy and strong. You see, you are a spirit, you have a soul (your mind, will and emotions) and you live in a body. (I Thessalonians 5:23)
What are you feeding your mind? What are you allowing into your spirit by the things you read, watch or listen to? Are these things building your spirit stronger or are you feeding it junk food? We are bombarded with spiritual “junk food” that is designed to corrupt our mind and spirit. It is up to us to decide what to allow into our mind and what you will shut out. Last week we talked about taking control of our thoughts…controlling what we see and hear is a big part of that.
When I was about 16 I got a job at a local fast food restaurant. Until that time, I had led a fairly sheltered life. I attended a Christian school, my associations were mostly from school or from our church. When I started working I was exposed to language that was not anything I had heard on a regular basis. Not that I had not heard these words…I just had not heard them repeatedly for 6-8 hours at a time. It wasn’t long before I heard myself saying some of these words. My mind had been fed this foul language and before I knew it, little by little, that language started creeping into my vocabulary. What we are exposed to is what our mind will feed on, unless we recognize it as junk and replace it with good.
Pay attention to what you are exposing to your mind. You may think it is insignificant, but it is so important to take control of what goes into our heart. It is what you will end up thinking about and talking about. In the long run it will shape who you are. Do the things you’re feeding your mind line up with who you want to be? Take time to feed your mind with the Word of God. Replace the junk with truth.
Let’s start giving our spiritual food as much (or more) attention as we give our physical food. Let’s talk about the next thing we want to eat before we’ve finished this one. Let’s share our “recipes” with each other so we can all taste the goodness that we’ve found. Let’s do it on purpose.