Full Belly, Happy Heart (3/5)

being fedOur lives begin by being fed. We start being 100% takers and it is expected, within reasonable time, to become independent as well as providers. We cannot for all of our lives have an open mouth and/or an extended hand waiting to receive nourishment.

Dead Sea 1I had the wonderful and fun experience “to swim” in the Dead Sea which because of its high concentration of mineral salts causes the water to be denser making it easy for our lighter bodies to float. Its source is the Jordan River; water flows into it, but it doesn’t flow out. This body of water has so much salt that is devoid of all forms of life thus receiving the name “Dead Sea”. The lesson is plain and simple, The Dead Sea is a taker not a giver.

We might live with the delusion that to be emotionally healthy we need the perfect balance of receiving and giving, of being fed and feeding others, of feeling appreciated and appreciating others, of being loved and loving others; yet the words of Jesus Christ were “It is more blessed to give than to receive“.  It is fantastic when people around give to me, feed me, appreciate me and love me, but people don’t have endless reservoirs; their emotional tanks also need filling and re-filling. Ultimately, only God can have in store abundant love for my spiritual need and emotional hunger. As a good Shepherd he leads to green pastures and “I shall not want”; in other words, all our wants and needs will be satisfied without us even asking Him. In His care, we shall want nothing, we shall lack nothing: materially, physically, spiritually and emotionally.

Filled by Him to be emptied to others for Him.

“The nourishment of the body is food,

while the nourishment of the soul is feeding others”

 

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Published in: on June 21, 2018 at 5:29 am  Leave a Comment  
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Full Belly, Happy Heart (2/5)

Eating healthy is a chosen habit. It shouldn’t be a short-term diet, but a long-term lifestyle. Sometimes we eat what we like; Carbohydrates and fats are not essentially bad, but the unbalanced amount of them is what it is damaging and  then, most of the time we eat what we have to eat, not necessarily because of its good taste, but because of its nutritional value.

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I have noticed that there is a strong emphasis nowadays, particularly in youth, to do what “I feel doing”. New generations are evaluating almost everything, including church, by the level of emotion it generates and we, teachers, youth/camp leaders, pastors, etc. worry over it and end up with soggy, greasy, fast-food type of activities.

I always have craving for cheese burgers, chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream, but as I grow older and mature, I also eat salads, juices and meats. I am not against making the veggies more appealing as well as being more creative to make the learning process exciting, attractive and fun.

The problem is, if the stomach is in control, we will have an eating-disorder and if the heart is in control, we will have confusion and a chaos in our emotions. We need to invite our minds into the decision-making and discipline ourselves to do what we know we ought to do.

 “My Father, if it’s possible, take this cup of suffering away from me. However—not what I want but what you want.” Matthew 26:39 (CEB Bible)

 

Published in: on June 14, 2018 at 5:35 am  Comments (1)  
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Full Belly, Happy Heart (1/5)

heart and gutsThe heart and the stomach are very much connected, for example, our brain can mix up pain signals from both organs confusing a heart attack with heartburn (a form of indigestion). In fact, mistakes in nutrition could lead to heart disease. I won’t get into the science of body organs interaction.

Here, I refer to the heart as the center of emotions and I will compare it to the digestive organ that allows our body to draw nutritional value of foods.

Just like in eating we need a diet and limits combined with exercise, we need guidelines, restrictions and control in our emotions combined with actions that develop a well-trained character.

I just started thinking about how the heart and the stomach are very similar in needing constant refilling, but it is a great thing when they are full!

“Seize Life! Eat bread with gusto, Drink wine with a robust heart. Oh Yes – God takes pleasure in your pleasure!”                                   Ecclesiastes 9:7 (MSG Bible)

 

 

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