We all know what we eat has a huge impact on our lives. This is a fact we can ignore but cannot deny. The food we push into our bodies everyday either works with us or against us. It either helps us or hurts us. It's ether making us healthier or sicker. It's either fueling the furnace or it's clogging our arteries.
Obviously we want what's best for our bodies or should at least, so where's the hiccup? Why do we slow ourselves down with the things we eat? Why do we shorten our life span if we know there's a better way, a better life out there if we just choose more wisely what we consume?
The answer is complex. For starters, the lasting symptoms brought on by what eat don't always show up right away. On average, the human body starts off pretty indestructible and very efficient no matter what we throw at it. So we throw everything at it, all the world has to offer. We enjoy eating the things that taste good. We indulge.
Only later in life, after the damage is done, after habits have been formed do we realize our mistakes. Only then do we see the damaging effects those things we indulged in have had on us. And how that damage has shortened our life expectancy. Only then do most of us take note and try to rectify the problem saying 'Oh how I would have done things differently if I knew then what I know now.' In the worst case scenarios, we never realize the error of our ways and death consumes us.
Now take a minute here for this to sink in. This is not about food. What I've written above is a sound argument to a point I think very few would try to argue. But replace what I've written about the body and apply it to the soul.
What we consume on a daily basis effects our soul. The music we listen to, the people we associate with, the things we watch, all of this has an impact on our souls. It either makes our souls healthier or sicker. The lasting effects aren't always evident right away so we often leave our decision making to 'what tastes good'.
We base our decisions off of what feels good, what's fun and exciting. We indulge in all the world has to offer without giving the first thought to what's really important. To the lasting effects of what we are consuming. Of what we are doing to our soul.
Only later in life, after the damage is done, after habits have been formed do we realize our mistakes.
Only then do we see the damaging effects those things we indulged in have had on us.
And how that damage has shortened our life expectancy.
Only then do most of us take note and try to rectify the problem saying 'Oh how I would have done things differently if I knew then what I know now.'
In the worst case scenarios, we never realize the error of our ways and death consumes us... for all eternity.
Don't confuse this metaphor to imply that unhealthy people won't go to heaven. Or that anyone who can run a 5k Has already punched their ticket to heaven. Understand that I'm only trying to make things clearer. Trying to drive home the importance of all those little decisions we make in our daily lives, and how they'll have the biggest impacts on our lives in the long run.
Choose wisely what you listen to (Romans 10:17).
Choose wisely what you read (Mathew 6:22).
Choose wisely who you hang out with (Proverbs 13:20, 1 Corinthians 15:33, Proverbs 27:17, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
Choose wisely what you watch (Psalm 101:3).
Do it for the betterment of your soul. Do it so that you may have a closer walk with God and a stronger faith. So much of what's out there for our consumption is negative, harmful, distracting and produces doubt.
The little things like what we listen to go into the soul and show up in the way we talk. The things we watch effect the way we act. The things we read effect the way we think. If we pump good in, the furnace will burn hot and efficient. But if we stuff ourselves with the things of this world, our souls sicken and eventually die.
Anyone who wants to question their faith need not look far to do it. The world begs us to ask the question, "Is God real?" and when we do ask it, the world supplies all the material necessary to produce doubt in the soul of any believer. The world encourages us to to consume this garbage by labeling it as learning. As being more well-rounded and better-informed (1 John 2:15-17).
I for one would rather strengthen my faith. The things I have consumed over the years haven't always been good for my soul. I'd go as far as to say I've indulged in way more of what this world has to offer than I ever should have. I haven't always associated with the right people, listened to, watched or read things that were beneficial to my soul. And those things produced doubt. Doubt had never produced any benefit in my soul. The side effects of doubt are fear and worry and those two things will wreck a soul. I prefer for the things I consume moving forward to produce hope and faith (Galatians 5:22).
If we choose to listen to the sound teachings of wise men and women, if we choose to watch things that are pleasing to Christ, if we choose to read His Word and apply it to our lives, our souls can flourish like never before.
The most beautiful part of all of this is the one way in which what we consume spiritually differs from what we consume physically. Unlike the lasting effects on the body, no matter how far we've gone we can lengthen the life of our soul! We can cancel out all the damage we've done, we can shed every unwanted pound and unclog every artery. With our bodies we can only do so much because after all, the body is merely a vessel, made from dust and to dust it will return (Galatians 3:19). But the soul will live forever (Ecclesiastes 12:7). The soul goes on. It has eternal life. Our souls have been bought by the blood of Christ if we choose just to believe in God the Father and believe in the perfect sacrifice he made for us.
On this earth, our souls need to practice a strict diet. We need to consume the right things so that we are healthier and happier. But most importantly we have to make one big decision, to follow Christ and accept him as Lord and Savior of our souls. That's a hard decision to make if what we're consuming is putting doubt in our hearts. If what we're consuming is producing negativity and conflict in our lives. If what we're consuming leads to bad decisions that tear at the very meat of our souls.
We have to be so diligent in what we consume. Because what we consume can lead to either the preservation or consumption of our souls. And hell is not a place I want my soul to spend eternity.
The Importance of godly friendships
"He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm." Proverbs 13:20
"Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
"Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare." Proverbs 22:24
"I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong--That is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine." Romans 1:11-12
"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!" Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17
Separation of body and spirit
"... For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return." Galatians 3:19
"For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it." Ecclesiastes 12:7
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
The importance of the Holy Spirit in your soul
"I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances." Ezekiel 36:27
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness." Galatians 5:22
Be careful of what the world offers
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17
"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light," Mathew 6:22
"I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless..." Psalm 101:3
"Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law." Psalm 119:18
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Philippians 4:8
"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." Romans 10:17