You Are What You Eat

This phrase comes from the 1826 work, “Physiologie du Gout, ou Medetations de Gastronomie Transcendante” in which French author, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote: “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”

Now the point of that first paragraph was not simply to type out a bunch of French words, but more importantly to have us realize that people for centuries all over the world have viewed this idea as valuable and important.

I would suggest this phrase has never been more true than now during #Quarantine2020.

Not just when it comes to our physical nutrition, although that is important, but more so when it comes to our mind & our spirit.

You are what you eat from your head to your feet.

What are we feeding our minds during this time of social distancing & sheltering in place? What are we seeing, hearing and thinking about?

It’s so easy to be surrounded by noise all day.  From keeping up with the ever-changing news cycle to binge-watching T.V. shows, to scrolling on our phones for hours at a time- time can fly by so fast!

What is all that content doing to us?

We can get sucked into a rhythm where we aren’t aware of what we are consuming.  Are we consuming fears, anxiety and negativity?  Is that why we are becoming afraid, anxious and downtrodden?

What if we consumed the Fruits of the Spirit?  Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?  What would we be like then?

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.”

Today friends, I hope you are what you eat from your head to your feet. I hope that you are a wonderfully healthy version of yourself as a disciple of Christ!

-Pastor Joel

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