You Are What You Eat

Firstly, let me say that this article is not primarily about food. It’s about a lot of things and food may just be the tip of the proverbial iceberg as they say.

If, as they say, we are what we eat, perhaps we can also say, we are what we read, watch, meditate on and so much more. When we think of the violence we see every day on the streets throughout this country, I wonder if there is a correlation between that and all the violence we witness on the TV news, see in so many of the TV programs, and the films we watch at the cinema.

I have a feeling that the two are somehow related. I see that even in many of our television commercials we witness violence, even though the producers try to make a joke out of the violent actions. Commercials like that do not make me want to run out and buy their product.

We are a nation that is physically out of shape. The ad says that “America runs on Dunkin’s”. I may not drink coffee but I have definitely stopped by and had many a doughnut over the years. I no longer weigh the same as I did on my wedding day. It seems that we tend to eat on the run and fast food is a daily habit for many of us.

Perhaps we should concentrate on a few other daily habits. The Psalmist said that he meditated on the law of the Lord, day and night. How much time do we meditate on His law? Now when I speak of His law, I am referring to the law of Christ. How much time do we spend throughout the course of a week singing His praise? How much time do we spend in daily prayer? Saying a quick blessing over a meal just doesn’t make up for spending time having a decent conversation with our Creator.

How many of us can sit for hours watching some cooking show on television but have no time to pray for those who may go hungry while we feast on some new recipe we found in a magazine solely filled with glossy images of gourmet food.

There are things that we can do to get in shape, both physically and spiritually. We can take a walk through our neighborhoods and pray for the people in every house that we pass by. We can pray for those who pass us by in their cars. Especially if the driver is talking on their cell phone or even worse texting someone. I don’t recommend walking and listening to music through earphones. This usually eliminates your being able to say hello and witness to others who you may meet along your path. These walks can be a wonderful way of planting spiritual seeds.

Perhaps we should think about a lot more than just what we eat. We should also think about what books we read, what programs we watch on television and what movies we go to see at the theater. The fact is that we are what we eat. It is also a fact that what we read and watch also make us who we are. It’s time that many of us got physically and spiritually fit!