For better or worse, we are what we eat. Healthy living requires a healthy diet. And a diet of junk food will eventually take a toll on our bodies and overall wellbeing.
But this wisdom is not just applicable for our physical health.
For example, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals all spend considerable amounts of time consuming the knowledge of their field. They eat, drink, and breathe their profession in order to become an expert at what they do.
The mark of the professional is the one willing to put in the time to consume the necessary knowledge and to show up consistently putting into practice what they’ve learned. They become what they eat.
Likewise, we become spiritually mature as we spend time with God and feast on his word – putting into practice the truths we learn. We become what we eat spiritually.
But, unfortunately, this principle often plays out in the negative for many of us. It’s no surprise we become enraged, anxious, and full of despair as we consume one negative news cycle after another, followed by the bitter dessert of anonymous online comments.
A tree is known by the fruit it produces and this is directly related to the content we allow into our hearts.
We likely have a poor diet when our fuse gets ever shorter, fear overwhelms us, and doubt becomes our new normal.
And managing symptoms only gets us so far. At some point we must get to the root of the problem and consider the quality of the food we allow into our souls.
A bad diet will continue to produce poor outcomes. But when we feast on what is true, good, and beautiful we give our soul what it needs to thrive and live life to the full.
You are what you eat. Be sure to feed your soul well.