What is Your Soul Feasting On?
What are you feeding your soul – that part of you that makes you, you?
I have a hunch – you have not thought about that question in a long time, if ever.
So let me ask you this: Are you feeling energized and ready to take on the world? Or are you feeling zapped, overwhelmed, and empty?
Is your soul bogged down by extra weight? Perhaps you have been feeding it too much junk food – things like TV, Facebook, web surfing, or the news? Don’t worry – I am not saying you can’t ever indulge in TV, Facebook or the news, but these things will never energize your soul.
Perhaps your struggle includes unhealthy things that are taking a toll on your soul like difficult people, work pressures, anxiety, depression, unmet needs, clutter, overzealous to-do lists, or unrealistic expectations. Such struggles are real; and exhausting! They require proactive attention.
Maybe your soul is skinny because you are not consuming what would nourish and revive it.
If you are going to pursue your passion and purpose, you need a well-nourished soul. If you are going to make a difference in the Kingdom, it requires an energized soul. And if you are going to be obedient, successful, or reach your goals – your soul must be full!
An under nourished soul keeps searching for something to revive it. That search has you endlessly busy, stuck, people-pleasing, or engaged in some other equally destructive behavior.
And your soul gets skinnier. Not the bathing suit skinny many long for, but starvation skinny, and that’s not very attractive.
I want what I offer my soul nutrition that brings vibrant health and an abundance of energy to my life so that I have what I need to pursue what He has called me to do. That’s why I want my soul to feast on:
1. The Shepherd
While not literally feeding on “the Shepherd,” but feeding on His Word, spending time in His presence, and being attentive to what He is sharing with me. His words bring life to me because no one loves and cares for me more. Meditating on who He is and what He says – Truth! Time spent with Him is life giving!
He restores my soul. Psalm 23:3a
Any attempt to “feed my soul” must start by allowing Him to nurture it first. No one knows me more intimately than He does. No one knows what I need more than God does!
What keeps you from connecting with Him and feeding your soul in this way regularly?
2. My Values
Values are different for everyone because God made you unique.
My top five values are: Relationships, Health, Learning, Solitude, and Communication. When my life is in alignment with my values, my soul is invigorated. When my life is out of alignment with my values, what would normally be done with ease suddenly requires significant effort and before long I am worn out.
What are your top five values? Where in your life are you feeling the pinch of being out of sync with your values?
3. What Fuels My Soul
For me, time with family and friends fills me up. Indulging in creative outlets like painting, crafting, putting together a workshop, creating a webinar, or decorating. It is easy for me to get lost in these activities. I also am energized by walking, reading, and journaling. When I allow my life to be one task after another and ignore filling up my soul, not only does my soul seriously suffer but so do all the other parts of my life.
What fuels your soul?
Maybe for you it is being out in nature: hiking, gardening, or sailing. Perhaps you are more of a mover and a shaker so exercising, dancing, or engaging in an adrenaline producing activity is more your speed. Is it music, teaching, writing? Perhaps volunteering? I know some are energized by solving math problems – whatever it is for you, make sure you have space in your life to regularly engage in the activities that will fill up your soul!
4. Happy Thoughts
Scripture tells us to chew on the good stuff – not chew on the negative stuff. It also tells us to take our thoughts captive. We can choose our thoughts.
Nothing will zap your energy more than riding the merry-go-round-of-negative thoughts!
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. Philippians 4:8
…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
A diet that regularly includes junk food, processed food, or too many sweets will eventually result in disease. Depriving your physical body of the nutrition it needs ultimately hinders its usefulness, and so does over indulging.
Your soul diet is no different. If you are stingy and don’t give your soul the nutrients it craves you will be skinny and weak. Over indulging in soul filling activities without an outlet for all that energy, results in being overstuffed and stuck.
Urging you to fill up your soul is not an invitation to ditch your responsibilities or divert attention from your purpose. Heavens no! The motivation behind filling up your soul is to increase your energy so you can more effectively walk out your purpose and reach your goals.
You will be surprised by how time spent feeding your soul pays off! Be on the look-out for solutions to problems, new ideas, enhanced connections, and more that will come with very little effort!
What has your soul been feasting on? What does it crave?