You Are What You Eat

By Pastor Mark McAdow
We’ve all heard this phrase before, “You are what you eat!”  If it’s true; today I am a Ready Clean protein bar, hot chocolate, McAlister’s broccoli cheddar soup, half sweet/unsweet tea, a half of a Deli sandwich and a chocolate chip cookie – so far with still more to come! That’s better than some days! That’s all in the physical realm but what about the spiritual?

It’s also true.  You are what you eat. I’m a little sluggish there today.  I was with Robin in OKC for her post op eye surgery appointment today. She got a good report from her surgeon about her second retina re-attachment surgery yesterday, but she has another week of being face down around the clock.  Appreciate your prayers for her – and me as her primary caregiver.  Arby’s here I come!  Spiritually today, I only had my Oswald Chambers Devotional  “My Utmost for His Highest” with me.  I read it and gave some thought to the thoughts. My Bible was in our other car apparently. We did pray for a close friend whose son is experiencing some mental health issues.  I also responded to a text from a man from my former church in OKC who is struggling personally.  I challenged him to read Jesus Calling daily and say out loud every day, “I trust you Jesus!”  I told him it helps me.  He responded with a “thank you.”

You are what you eat.  This is true for our media consumption, too.  In computer terms, it’s the old “garbage in, garbage out.” Are you taking in positive, uplifting, encouraging words and images in your life?  Songs and scenes that build you up?  Encourage your faith? Psalms 101:3 reminds us “I will set before my eyes no vile thing.” Robin and I are blessed at times to watch The 700 Club on TV and hear amazing testimonies of faith and miracles in people’s lives today.  We love listening to Christian music artists as well, who worship the Lord Jesus with their music.  It lifts our spirits, too!

I’m realizing that taking in too much secular music or media depletes our spirit, rather than fill it up.  I read this week that Pastor Max Lucado quit watching the 10 p.m. news because he realized hearing about violence, murders and disasters before going to sleep wasn’t helping him spiritually or physically.  I think there’s some truth to that for me, too.

This Saturday night we have a great opportunity to be entertained and edified at the same time. Our Congregational Care Team is showing the movie “The Hill,” a true story about a student who overcame challenges and baseball.  I look forward to watching it with you this Saturday evening at 6:30 in the parlor. There will be movie popcorn and pop, too.  It’s a cold weekend, so come join us inside for a great movie and time together.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Mark

PS: Thanks again for your generous support of our missionary Ben West last Sunday.

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