Blog by Joel Maylor-Pridmore

I wonder whether you, like me, are considering the possibility that one or two calories too many might have been consumed over the recent Christmas period?

Whether we like it or not, the truth of the old saying ‘you are what you eat’ cannot be avoided! The food and drink that we put into our bodies will, one way or another, have an effect on our physical form. If we eat a well-balanced and well-proportioned diet, then we will see and feel the health and energy benefits. If we don’t then eventually, the effects will become evident… sometimes visibly… sometimes in ways we cannot see.

As I considered this during the past week, I thought again about just how true this is spiritually too. If we fill our minds, eyes, hearts and souls with unhealthy things then the spiritual effects will become evident.

In Mathew 6 we read that the eyes are the lamp of the body and the suggestion that it is vital that we keep healthy visual consumption habits. In my talk last week, I quoted the Apostle Paul’s reference to our ‘spiritual eyes’ in his letter to the Ephesians and the importance of seeking to see things as God does. In Philippians, Paul encourages us to aid our mental health by setting our minds on thinking about the right things.

At the beginning of 2020 let’s be people who are making choices that ensure we are consuming that which is healthy in every way… both physically and spiritually.

“… Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Phil 4:8)