"You are what you eat!" has been a slogan going around for a while now. But did you know that the Bible somewhat supports this statement? Jesus said in Matt 6:22-23
"The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!"
Jesus wasn't talking about your physical eyes; He was talking about the "eyes" to your soul. He was stating the fact that we choose what we allow into our souls. We filter whether we bring light into our souls, or whether we allow darkness to overcome us. I spoke about filters on Sunday (26 March), and you can access the message on our podcast link.
The key therefore to a healthy inner life is to watch your FILTER.
I remember that the first house my family bought in Perth had a pool. Growing up in Singapore where you barely had personal space having a pool was awesome! But it was also a very new experience. We had to learn to watch the health of our pool so that we could enjoy it! One of the ways was to watch the pool's filter. One of the first times we got the pool going it produced a big sucking, gurgling sound at the filter. We found out that it meant that the water level was not high enough and air was getting into the pump; not a good thing. We would also regularly empty out the filter so that the water could go through the pump, regulating its pH level, and getting rid of harmful impurities.
Here are a couple of ways we can check our soul's filter:
1) Your emotions.
Are you finding yourself more irritable, more easily angered than usual? Or maybe you're just feeling really flat and you're not enjoying much in life. These might be the rumblings that you're not getting enough nourishment into your soul. Some examples might be that you've been spending too much time giving to others, but have not been filling yourself up; or that you've been binge watching Netflix, but haven't had time with God.
Get back into reading your Bible, praying and singing songs of worship to God. These fill your soul up like few things can. Also look after yourself with healthy meals, getting sufficient down-time and the like. No one can prioritise your health for you.
2) Your words.
Are you finding that you're saying really negative things, or that you've become very sarcastic and biting in your speech? Matthew 25:4 says, "out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." Your words are an indication of what you've allowed in.
What you're allowing in can be in the form of people you are spending time with, media you are consuming (social media, tv shows, etc.), or the thoughts you meditate on. Find out when it is you are most likely to start speaking in a negative way. Then change that environment you allow yourself in, or limit the time you spend in that environment.
A healthy heart will leave you will a healthier, brighter life! I hope that these are simple things you can do to work health into your life.