Are You a Spiritual Anorexic?

Are you a spiritual anorexic?

Some of you know that my oldest daughter, Sara, is a recovering anorexic. She first battled it in 6th and 7th grade, then relapsed about three years ago.

In her recovery, she has learned how critical it is for her to follow a meal plan, and to prioritize the time it takes her to eat those meals and snacks each day.

When I got home from church last Sunday, she said she really liked how we had done communion, and especially appreciated the reflection time while the elements were passed. During that time, God convicted her that she had not been nourishing herself in Him; that as a busy college student with several other weekly commitments, including a nanny job, leading a small group for 10th/11th grade girls, and being a part of Bridgeway’s Salt and Light Dance Ministry, she had been foregoing her daily times with Him in order to accomplish everything else on her to do list. In this time of reflection, He reminded her that, just as she has learned as a recovering anorexic that she cannot forego eating the food that nourishes and gives life to her physical body, she similarly cannot forego the spiritual food that nourishes and gives life to her soul - - daily times with Him, in His Word, seeking His guidance and direction.

It is so easy in our very busy worlds with our very long to do lists to decide that we cannot take the time each day to prioritize being with our Lord.  But we need to keep in mind that we are not here simply to exist; to “get through” each day and accomplish all that we have to do. We are here because God created us to be in relationship with Him. And we are His ambassadors, charged with taking that truth to those in our spheres of influence who are not in relationship with Him.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is found in John 15. Jesus, speaking of Himself, says:

“I am the true vine . . . Remain in me and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Last week, I shared the following Scripture from John 6:51-56 (also Jesus speaking of Himself):

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh . . . Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.”

Make it a priority to nourish yourself in Christ each and every day. Read His Word, the Bible. Seek His guidance and direction throughout each day. Walk with Him, and in Him in such a way that, like Saint Paul, you can say, “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”

Do not be a spiritual anorexic. Nourish yourself In Him. And take that nourishment to those in your world who need it so desperately.

-Karen Eastham