And Jesus answered him, “It is written,
‘Man shall not live by bread alone’.”
Luke 4: 4
I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died nonetheless. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.
John 6: 48-51
There once was a time when the only people taking pictures of food were those creating restaurant menus or cookbooks. Today’s world is filled with “foodies” who regularly click and post before taking a bite. So it’s not surprising that this year’s theme for National Nutrition Month (Savor the Flavor of Eating Right) encourages everyone, according to their website, “to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives.” No longer is it simply “you are what you eat.” Now it’s when, where, how, and who we eat with, too.
But have we perhaps glossed over the “why” of eating? Food is essential; it gives us the fuel to think and the energy to move. The Bible, however, tells us that physical nourishment is not sufficient for a healthy life; man also has spiritual needs, and these needs must be fed if we are to live the fullness of life as God intended.
So how can we feed our souls? A hot bath, digging in the garden, or a round of golf are everyday answers. Truly feeding our souls acknowledges that Jesus is “
the bread of life” and that developing a personal relationship with him is our best hope for eternal nourishment. Spending time together fosters that friendship:
. We can read our Bible daily. Let the Word of God really marinate in our mind. Meditate on the
meaning. Refer to scripture scholars and commentaries to enhance our understanding.
. We can pray daily. Prayer is the key to the heart of Jesus. We can find intimacy with him by
communicating with him in prayer. Indeed, the Bible tells us to “pray without ceasing”
(1 Thessalonians 5:17) as a means of developing a positive attitude and realizing our blessings.
. We can be in community with each other. The Great Commandment calls for us to “love our
neighbor as our self.” (Matthew 22: 39) “Community” is derived from the Latin communis which
means “common.” Celebrating the things we have in common with one another is more productive
than pointing out our differences!
Many times in life, we operate in survival mode: if I can just make it to the first of the month…if I can just finish this assignment…if I can just beat this illness. Every day, just surviving. But we were not made to simply exist. We are not meant to simply survive school, or work, or family. We are made to thrive. Today, during National Nutrition Month, may you savor the flavor of life.
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