My husband & I enjoyed a delightful dinner at a “healthy” restaurant last night. The menu overflowed with nutritional options, including the desserts. My indulgence was a chia parfait and I wasn’t expecting anything very tasty. Indeed, my kids will often associate consuming healthy stuff with things being flavorless, at best. More often they think that healthy is flavor repulsive. So it was nice to be pleasantly surprised with the delicious chia parfait!
I wonder if it wouldn’t be helpful to consider nutrition in not only a food context, but also in the contexts of our attention, spiritual disciplines, relationships, intellectual pursuits, time management, conversations, etc. And ultimately, no one & no thing is more tasty or healthy than a deepening walk with God! Indeed, let us taste and see that the Lord is good! Psalm 34:8 🙂
When I was growing up, my mom put a premium on our family eating fresh stuff – fruits, veggies, meats . . . . She would always pick fresh over anything canned, frozen or processed & I’m so glad she did!! As a result, I’m a relatively healthy person & I enjoy healthy foods!
With this in mind, I think it’s important for us to think about what we feed our hearts / spirit. There’s alot of emphasis in our culture to eat more nutritionally, minding the trans fats, vitamin intake, etc. But let’s take this idea a few more steps – let’s also be mindful of what we feed our brain, the books we read, movies we watch, things we study, etc. And to go one last step, let’s consider what we feed our spirit / heart. Truthfully, I think that what we feed our hearts has tremendous influence on our thoughts & even the foods that we eat. Far too often I think we try to change ourselves from the outside working into the inside rather than letting the power & fuel of God’s Word change us from the inside to work out the change to the outside. Let’s make the ongoing decisions to feed our spirit “health food” – high octane Bible & Holy Spirit presence. I find that when I let the Holy Spirit work in my heart, His power & presence effect changes in my thinking, conversations, attitudes & behaviors in very constructive ways 🙂