Archive for June 13th, 2007

You Are What You Eat

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Today’s scripture: II Corinthians 9:6-8 (NRSV) (The Message)

As you read, consider: What might God be saying to me? Summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two.

My thoughts (Julie Benson):

We reap what we sow. Treat others well, and we will be treated well in return. Invest ourselves in the kingdom and we will be abundantly blessed. This is a basic concept — it’s the common lesson gleaned from this passage.

But as I think about the concept of reaping and sowing, I can’t help but evaluate this concept from a different perspective. I like to call it the Theory in Reverse.

Theory of Reaping and Sowing: What we do or say is what we get in return.

Theory in Reverse: What we observe, live with, and work with will penetrate our soul and shape what our character becomes.

More simply stated, reaping has been based on what we give out, but in the reverse theory we end up reaping what we take in.

The people we surround ourselves with can ultimately shape our thoughts, actions, and attitudes. While we cannot control others’ every response, we can place ourselves in environments that help us on our own journey so that we may, in turn, be a benefit to others.

Take this quick quiz:

In your place of work, are your boss and co-workers

Complacent… Critical… Vulgar?

Or are they

Uplifting… Productive… Enthusiastic?

In your relationship, is your partner

Angry… Reactionary… Defensive?

Or is s/he

Calm… Gentle… Nurturing?

In your place of worship, are the members

Judgmental… Haughty… Insincere?

Or are they

Passionate… Thoughtful… Welcoming?

So, what will you become?

Keep yourself in a negative environment long enough and you will begin to adapt to these behaviors — ever so gradually, even unconsciously. Eventually you may realize you have changed and wonder how you developed such a mucky attitude. But put yourself in an environment filled with love and grace, and your own soul will embrace the peace that it carries with it.

cheesy poofs!It’s just like the old adage: You are what you eat. Stuff yourself daily with cheesy poofs and donuts, and you will turn out looking like one. Eat a balanced diet and you will reap the health benefits.

When you have found a healthy balance because of the people you have chosen to surround yourself with, you will be better equipped to serve in the kingdom. Because your integrity is not being challenged and you do not have to battle the negative forces stampeding your space, you can focus on serving the world by Christ’s example!

Thought for the day: Reflect upon the character that you wish to become. Evaluate your environment and determine if you can become that person while occupying that space.

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. If you need a place to get started, consider the guidelines on the How to Pray page.

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
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