Sunday, March 4, 2018

No Empty Calories

By Andrea Merrell

Jesus replied, “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

Growing up, I was required to be a member of the “Clean Plate Club.”

In my grandparents’ home there was no waste—ever. If I left a few bites of food on my plate, I was reminded of all the starving children in Africa. My initial reply was, “then pack up my leftovers, and mail them to Africa.”

Not a wise move on my part. I quickly learned to keep my attitude in check and eat all my food … whether I wanted it or not.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized it’s not always necessary to clean my plate at each meal—for both health and weight reasons—especially when it’s something I don’t particularly need or enjoy. Many times, I find myself saying no to those empty calories.

On the other hand, I’ve also realized how important it is not to leave leftovers when feasting from God’s Word.

God’s Word is referred to as both milk and meat. Jesus is called the Bread of Life. This is food for our spirit and soul. It's the sustenance we need for our spiritual growth and well-being.

If you’re hungry for more of God, go ahead and dive into His smorgasbord of peace, love, joy, forgiveness, promises, counsel, and direction. Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8 NLT). Fill your plate and eat every bite. You’ll come out stronger and completely satisfied every time.

And there are never any empty calories.

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