by Rev. Tom Gray
Have you ever eaten a meal that made you feel good all over? I hope so (and I hope you thanked the cook). In a sense, that good all over feeling is your body rejoicing in the meal. Your spirit needs the same kind of thing.
There is more to nourishment than food. There is physical exercise and good relationships with others. We need all kinds of input to be healthy humans. Likewise, our souls need nourishment.
First—the Word of God. The Bible is God’s nourishment for believers. It contains all the instruction we need for right living.
Second—prayer. Prayer strengthens our relationship with God. We present our deepest concerns and needs to the Lord in prayer and can leave them in His hands.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Ephesians 4:6
Third—serve the Lord by serving others. This is the exercise of our faith. Jesus reached out to fill the needs of those around him. His work is an example for us to follow. Exercise strengthens our spirit even as it helps others.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
Try to make sure that you nurture your spirit is in each way, every day. Your spiritual health will strengthen every other aspect of your life.