by Heather Tietz
Your words were found, and I ate them; and your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name, the LORD, God of Hosts.
“Der Mensch ist was er ißt,” Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach wrote in 1836. This translates, “Man is what he eats.” We truly are, in every form. In 1923 nutritionist Victor Lindlahr published the words in English, “Ninety percent of the diseases known to man is caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.” On a microscopic level, the cells in your food break apart and are recycled as the building blocks for new molecules. What you ingest gets integrated into your body to either build you up or literally break you down.
Aren’t words the same? Our thoughts are built on what we read and hear. Our thoughts, in turn, steer our bodies to behave the way they do. Movies, books, perhaps even that dose of daily news build our view of life the same way vitamins and chemicals do.
Are you hungry for a better outlook, for a brighter attitude, for a stronger spirit, for a more obedient body? Spread out a feast for yourself from the Bible! Good, life-giving words are everywhere. They are! Turn on the radio. Keep them in your pocket. Paint them on your walls. Nibble at them all day long. Revel in some good spiritual food.