You can’t feed your spirit with food or stuff

This year I was more annoyed than usual by the barrage of TV, radio, and internet hype surrounding Black Friday and all its bargains, sales, and early store openings. When the economy is in the toilet, the financial gurus tell us to spend more money. We’re told over and over that more is better; bigger is better. It’s not. We have to learn to live with less, to appreciate what we have, and to learn how to feed our spirits, not stuff our bodies with more food or fill our homes with more stuff.

In her book, “Made to Crave”, Lysa TerKeurst, shares her belief that all humans are born with a craving for connection with a higher power (God, and Jesus, in her belief system). She argues that many of us spend every waking moment filling that longing with food and with tangible objects. Some of us fill our moments with busyness or seek out fame, fortune, and attention. We put our faith in the gurus, in the latest diet, in the sheer hope of change. Those of us who struggle with weight and body image concerns believe that if we just lose “X” pounds we’ll feel better. Then, surely then, life will get back on track.

Lysa writes, “Getting healthy isn’t just about losing weight. It’s not limited to adjusting our diet and hoping for good physical results. It’s about recalibrating our souls so that we want to change—spiritually, physically, and mentally.

We can’t be whole, we can’t be healthy (and I would argue we can’t be happy) by ignoring our spirits. As I was saying in the title of this blog, “You can’t feed your spirit with food or stuff.”

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Send me an email or post a comment to this blog.

Peace, joy, and health,



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