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We try to feed our soul with many things. And much of it turns out to be mere junk food. It’s through finding our place in God’s story and fulfilling his call for our life that we find the food that truly satisfies.

For instance, after speaking with the Samaritan woman at the well, the disciples Jesus returned and urged him to eat. But he informs them he already had food, and goes on to explain that his food comes from doing the will of God and finishing the work he was sent to do.

Of course, the lesson here is not for us to give up physical food. Our bodies still need to eat. But it does remind us there’s more to life than just our physical needs. And our souls find life when we’re faithfully engaging in the work God has uniquely ordained us to accomplish. 

Like Jesus, this might often mean stepping outside of the status quo – bringing goodness and life to the overlooked, dismissed, and otherwise rejected parts of the world, even when it’s not popular to do so.

And certainly it includes gaining spiritual eyes for the work we do. While we might not be called to be a pastor or ministry leader per se, we should still consider how the work of our hands is advancing God’s kingdom whether we’re the butcher, the baker, or the candlestick maker.

We will never be satisfied when we pursue success or status according to the standards of this world. But not realizing we’re eating junk food, we just keep coming back for more and more – always hoping that the next breakthrough will finally be enough.

In the end, discover the food that truly satisfies by doing the will of God and completing the work he has sent you to do. This blesses you and everyone else as well.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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