I’ve always heard the phrase, “You are what you eat?” But I never thought of myself to be a number 8 at McDonald’s. What’s so wrong with eating what you want? I don’t want to starve and die on an empty stomach. I’d rather go happy and full. That sounds bad right? In reality, I know food can do a number of harmful things to you depending on what you eat, how much you eat, and how often you eat. If you eat one large meal one time a day, your body stores it as fat. If you eat junk all through the day, you’ll never get any key nutrients for a healthy body. You won’t gain any muscle and probably be tired and lazy. Who wants that either?
I’ve been on the diet for about 6 months. It’s hard because fast food, bad food, junk food is everywhere. When I want something to eat, its so easy to grab a burger but I’ll starve trying to find a salad worth eating. If i’m driving in my car, I pass the Krispy Kreme donuts just when the hot light is on. If I’m going to meet a friend, she will have a plate of fried chicken meeting me at the door. All this temptation! And you know when you get hungry, you start to get moody, and irritated at everything. I feel like screaming, “Just give me a piece of cake and leave me at peace!”
Jesus says in John 6:35, “…I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” He was speaking to a crowd who had just witnessed the miracle of feeding five thousand people with two fish and five loaves of barely. And they missed the importance in it. Instead of saying, “Wow, Look at the power of God!”, they were just paying attention to what He could do for them. Feed them! The next day, this crowd goes to look for Jesus. John 6:26-27 says, “Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” The food the endures to eternal life is the Word of God. Jesus says in Matthew 4:4 “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
For a long time, I survived of snack cakes. Not real snack cakes, devotionals. A little morning inspiration from the Bible, here and there. A little sprinkle of Jesus! 🙂 Not being funny, but that was cool sometimes. And became tragic. I was dead spiritually, starved to death. I could not survive of devotional snack cakes. I needed some soul food. Some red beans and mustard greens and a piece of cornbread! It was like one morning I woke up and I didn’t want to diet. I didn’t want a granola bar and a scoop of oatmeal. I wanted to eat. You see, God draws us to the son, Jesus (John 6:65). God puts this desire in us for spiritual things, things we never really wanted to know. Some people consider this the call of God. I tell people all the time if you feel the Holy Spirit convicting you (feeling guilty) and begin to have a desire for spiritual things of God, Praise Jesus! You’re winning!! It’s up to you if you answer. If you don’t or maybe not right off, you start to get hungry. Then, that void you feel, that emptiness, makes you want to fill it with something. I’ve tried to fill void with shopping, a man, alcohol, food, all types of that crap that leaves you feeling worst off. Those things work for a while might make you happy, but its temporary contentment. Then you get bored and you start the search all over again. God can only satisfy. Psalms 107:9 says, “For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.”
Watching what you eat is discipline. Out with the bad and in with the good, but you train yourself to do better. With the word of God, you have someone to help you, the Holy Spirit. He helps you understand it. The more you understand the better you are at fighting temptation from the devil. Once you start feeding on the Word, you will gain strength, faith, hope, direction, purpose, wisdom, and the list doesn’t end there. Its like water in the desert. It all brings you in a closer relationship with the Father. So, instead of social networks, tv, and all the easy junk that demands your attention, get something that endures to eternal life. It’s no longer an option for me. Good bye snack cakes, I’m eating GOOD!