I’ve been thinking about the correlation between the food we eat and the food our spirit needs. And when I learned that March 8th is International Women’s Day with World Food Programme, I thought this would be a good time to talk about being hungry.
I’m hungry most days. Not because I don’t eat enough…more often because I don’t eat. I’ll realize at 3:00 in the afternoon that I’ve had nothing, or perhaps half a banana, all day. It’s not good for me. It’s certainly not helped me slim down–in fact, it’s had the opposite effect. I used to have good habits with food. I ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day and built in the right snacks. It kept the hunger pangs away and fueled my body effectively so that I was productive from morning til night. But, not maintaining some structure has made me aware that I’ve lost the desire for breakfast, feel drained by early afternoon, and often make poor food choices in the evening because I’m hungry.
Ironically, my spirit has faced the same kind of neglect. I used to have steady devotion habits. Morning prayer time, steady appetite for reading inspirational books, being plugged in with small group and Bible study, and praying at the drop of a hat during the day. Like food, my lack of structure has left me feeling drained, untethered, and short on faith.
I think about my lax attitude towards food and remember that there are people starving the world over…even in my own city. And there are people in other countries being tortured for their secret devotion to Christ. I have no right to dismiss these gifts that others would cherish and make the most of.
I’m making some good strides in changing these things and with God’s help, I know I’ll get there. I want to be hungry again…for all the right reasons.
I know I’m not alone in this. What are you hungry for?