For the last 50 days or so, I have been putting my meals into My Fitness Pal – an online calorie counter. I type in the foods I’m eating at each meal, and it tells me how many calories and nutrients are in each food. If I go over the “allotted” carbs, sugars or sodium, for example, it will tell me what number I was supposed to stay under. It keeps me from eating that extra snack I might be hungry for or the dessert that is tempting me. It’s really a good thing because it keeps me eating what is good, and it keeps it in healthy portions.
In another part of my appetites, I enjoy a good fictional book. I love a funny Andy Griffith Episode. I have several You Tube Channels that I watch. I have Instagram and Facebook accounts. At times these “outlets” can overwhelm me…
if I let them.
If I don’t keep a check on them.
My heart’s inclination would be to “munch away” on Insta-stories,” or be lured by the fancies of my entertainment. It’s up to me to reign it in so that I may fill my heart with more that is edifying and will push me closer to the Lord.
The Spirit of God guides my entertainment like My Fitness Pal guides my food. You see, if I allow the worldly to outweigh that which would edify, my emotions will be flighty. My temperament is unpredictable. My decisions are based on feelings instead of Truth. Oh, how I need God’s Spirit to lead me to His Word so that I will be spiritually healthy! When I tip the scale and absorb more of the world’s philosophy than God’s thoughts, I’m asking for trouble. I pray for the Lord to
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the day.
When I listen to the guidance of My Fitness Pal, I smile when I look at the scales. On a much higher plane, when I listen to God’s Spirit tugging at my heart to binge less on the world, I smile when I see the results of godly thinking and actions replacing my fleshly ones. I don’t always win this battle, but it’s one I want to keep fighting!
Do you find yourself devouring more of the world’s thinking than you do spiritual nourishment? Ask the Lord to help you have a healthy balance; it’s a prayer He will answer!