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18. good food

Thanksgiving

That holiday evokes visions of turkeys, cranberry sauce, and other sights, smells and sounds of noisy, family gatherings. It triggers memories of the tastes of stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie and leaves my mouth watering.

It brings a smile to my face.

Thanksgiving

November

The time of year that kicks off the holiday season, falls smack dab in the middle of my favorite time of the year and well, consists of food. food1

And I love food. Not in the sense that I pig out every chance I get (my body wouldn’t thank me if I did), but in the sense that I enjoy it. I enjoy cooking, baking (especially this time of year), tasting and, of course, eating.

Every year, I try a new holiday dish and make my pumpkin and sweet potato pies…which, apparently, are to die for according to my Dad’s side of the family. Not to mention the fact that Thanksgiving weekend is when I do the majority of my holiday baking in my mom’s kitchen. It’s bigger than mine and, on the plus side, I get to spend time with her and my sister, which makes it that much more enjoyable.

I firmly believe that baking and cooking should be a social event. In fact, I spent this past Saturday baking pies with a friend. Fun times…

My love of food doesn’t simply stop there. It also spills into my spiritual life, which should cover every other part of my life.

Jesus referred to himself as the Bread of Life:

“I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6.35

Jesus had just fed 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. The crowd was excited and thrilled over what he had done and he used that miracle pair with a moment in Israel’s history to “land the plane,” so to speak. Jesus reminded them that it was God who had provided the manna for them in the desert and used that moment to point the truth of their spiritual depravity back to him.

Jesus is the Bread of Life.

He is the Living Water.

What nourished the body, he uses to picture what nourishes the soul.

Only he can satisfy those soul cravings.

We were created to hunger and thirst for only that which can fill us in completely.

Him

Only Jesus

We have a hunger for God that nothing in this world can fully satisfy.

Sure, the things of this world do satisfy…and that’s the problem. We can deceive ourselves into thinking that the “next thing” will bring fulfillment and it does…but only for a short time. And then we’re off, looking for that “next thing.” We all have our own vices and maybe even an addiction. Much of what is of this world can be good in and of itself but if that thing becomes the “main thing” (whether it’s a job, a relationship or a new “toy”), it becomes and idol and therefore, takes precedence over God.

Sadly, many will live life search for “bread and fish” and miss out on the Bread of Life. Many will get stuck in the never-ending cycle of pursuit to fill that void and miss out on what it means to “have life to the full.”

Only Jesus lasts.

I’m slowly learning that truth in my own life and have discovered when I choose him over anything else in my day (meet with him first thing in the morning, choose to pray on my way to work rather than ponder over whatever situation I may dealing with or that of a friend, and putting him first in each decision I make…not to mention my writing), I experience such depth and richness in this relationship and in my life than I would if I didn’t choose him.

Only Jesus lasts. Only he can fill.

And when we embrace that truth and seek Him first, we will be filled beyond what we can imagine and we’ll keep coming back from more, become so satisfied that we won’t hunger for anything else.

Bread of Life

“…I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

You are what you eat.

It’s a common statement.

And it holds true for both what you feed yourself physically and spiritually.

I’ve been brushing myself up on the nutritious needs I have physically the last couple of years…and especially lately. I’m focusing more on what goes into my body to get the results I want. I wouldn’t call it a diet…it’s actually the opposite: an anti-diet. I’m not depriving myself of any one food group; dieting does just that. I’m simply choosing to eat healthier foods like organic or locally grown fruits and veggies and proteins and omega 3s like fish and eggs; choosing to go for the turkey burger rather than a steak…or in some cases, choosing to go veggie over anything else. Those choices lead to a lifestyle I can live with…not a diet that deprives me of life…and the benefits are finally starting to pay off (this paired with a regular workout).

You are what you eat.

Just as we have a physical hunger, we have a deep soul hunger. It cannot be filled by what we take in physically…or even attempt to mentally or emotionally. Things cannot fill that void. This hunger was placed in us by our Creator when He knit us together in our mother’s womb. It was designed to only be filled by Him.

What are you taking in spiritually?

Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life. Without Him, no one will ever experience true fulfillment. To all who believe and follow Him, He promises that they will never hunger or thirst again. Just as God provided bread for Israel in the desert, He also provided Christ for His children in their sinfulness; to sustain them in this life until they come home. Without Him, there is no hope for those who are starving.

This doesn’t happen overnight. It takes effort on your part (all relationships do). Your spiritual “diet” must consist of reading His Word daily and spending time with Him in conversation (prayer). Don’t just learn all you can about Him. Actually take the time to know Him. I write/journal or sit at behind my Yamaha and let the words and/or music flow…that’s when I feel closest to the Lover of my soul; the One who truly sustains me.

Because Jesus is the Bread of Life, your soul is nourished, your mind is renewed, and your heart is revived. Because He is the Bread of Life, your ears are captivated by the Voice of Truth, your eyes are focused on the redemptive activity of God, and your mouth is filled with the words of Life. Because He is the Bread of Life, your hands are transformed into the compassionate hands of Jesus. Because He is the Bread of Life, your feet are fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace and grounded in the firm foundation of God’s infallible, inerrant, and unchanging Word.

Pursue Him and you will be filled.

O taste and see that the Lord is good. How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Psalm 34:8