You Are What You Eat

Edwards-Carl-1If your parents were anything like mine, you were forced to eat things at dinner that you didn’t like. I can remember much crying and pleading my case to prove I didn’t need broccoli, spinach, lima beans (I hate lima beans), carrots, and the list goes on. I can remember the specific phrase, “You are what you eat.” I hated when my parents would say that because I knew it was true, but I still wanted junk food. I could not wait to be an adult! I thought when I was an adult I wouldn’t have to heed the advice of anyone else. All I really wanted was to make my own decisions. Reality finally hit. As an adult, I now choose to eat things that are healthy to sustain a long life. For all those years, my parents bugged me about a healthy diet to ensure a healthy lifestyle. I am now grateful for that.

You are what you eat.

During my sophomore year of college, we had to write a few modern day parables. I thought it was a silly project, and I remember “fluffing” the assignment. A few weeks ago, I came across some of these parables. One of them was called Fuel. Overlooking all of the grammatical and spelling errors, I realized it was something I needed at that moment. The parable compared us as believers to a vehicle. Like cars or trucks need fuel to “go,” we need fuel (God’s Word) to “go.” Really cheesy, right? I agree, but we need God’s Word to function properly.

You are what you eat.

In a culture where an unhealthy lifestyle is thrusting its way into our lives, we need to be properly fed and fueled. The Bible was given to us for that reason—to feed and fuel.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).

I know that I am susceptible to the world’s lies and distractions. Daily I should be seeking after God and the promises found in His Word. The last few weeks in youth group, we have been learning about the importance of daily devotions. Devotions are the discipline of meeting with God regularly to get to know Him, learn about His unfailing character, move us to live a life that glorifies Him, convict us of sin, and learn how to make disciples for His kingdom.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).

Thinking about eating healthy does not make you a healthy person. Watching exercise videos does not make you skinny. You aren’t a healthy person until you practice these habits, and they become a part of your daily routine. Thinking about reading your Bible doesn’t make you a spiritually healthy person. Create a discipline in your life where you meet with God regularly to be fed and fueled. Allow the words in the Bible to come alive to you!

You are what you eat!