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Hungry For...

"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are." Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarian

Fruit stand in Israel

Have you read Eric Carle's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar?


A tiny caterpillar ate fruit all week, but he was still hungry.


On Saturday, he devoured so much food that his tummy ached! On Sunday, he nibbled a leaf and felt better. But he wasn't little any more, he was big.


His growth spurt sparked his vivacious appetite until he transformed into a beautiful butterfly.


What about in our lives...


What are we CONSUMING because if affects who we are BECOMING?

As the old adage says, "You are what you eat."

Are we craving God's Word and growing spiritually? Or are we satisfied with leftovers and remaining stagnant?


Do I spend hours scrolling through social media, while neglecting my Bible reading?

Would I rather sleep-in than attend church?

Would I rather be entertained than challenged spiritually?

Do I covet possessions over eternal rewards?


Our desires fuel our diets, which are evident from where we spend our time, energy, and finances. Then our CHOICES reveal our COMMITMENTS and CHARACTER.


If we eat worldly fluff, then we wonder why God seems distance.

But as we feast on God's Word and obey his commands, we grow more like Him.


"Now all of us, with our faces unveiled, reflect the glory of the Lord as if we are mirrors; and so we are being transformed, metamorphosed, into His same image from one radiance of glory to another, just as the Spirit of the Lord accomplishes it."

2 Corinthians 3:18 Voice


Growing spiritually means we prioritize our relationship with the Lord and put other things on the back burner. We seek Him with our whole heart.


Hungering for God requires disciple and commitment as we study His Word, pray, and obey Him.


Just as the tiny caterpillar ate to transform into a butterfly, we need to chew on God's Word to grow more like Him. May we be CONSUMING Scripture and BECOMING more like the Son.


****The first mention of the phrase 'you are what you eat' came from the 1826 work Physiologie du Gout, ou Medetations de Gastronomie Transcendante, in which French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote: “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what your are.”

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