We must eat to live. And in the absence of quality food, anything will do. But any attempt to merely eliminate junk food from our diet will be ultimately futile if we’ve not also learned how to satisfy the true hunger of our souls.
For instance, it’s very easy to feed our bodies with a constant diet of junk food, despite being well informed that this is not good for our health. But it continues in large part because it’s convenient and they’re few satisfying alternatives. We cannot eliminate our hunger and so we settle for whatever we can get when our stomach starts to growl.
To be sure, it’s tempting to focus on the junk food and simply try to eliminate it from our diet. But the problem is not the junk food per se. The problem is that we’re not yet satisfying our true hunger. And it’s not sustainable to just not eat in an attempt to kick a junk food habit. We still have to eat something. And when we’re not more intentional about cultivating a diet of quality food, we’ll keep going back to even bad food because it’s at least something.
And the same is true throughout our life.
Often our vices are simply junk food for our souls. We’re famished for life and we’re willing to take whatever we can get, even when it’s not good for us. And because merely quitting still leaves us starving, many of our efforts to quit are typically unsuccessful.
We don’t find freedom from our vices by denying our true hunger. We still have to eat and must learn to cultivate a diet of true goodness and beauty. Otherwise we remain vulnerable to going back to whatever’s convenient when hunger pangs strike.
In the end, the deep desires of your soul must be fed. Learn to satisfy this true hunger and free yourself from constantly going back to the ease of junk food.