I was walking around downtown Asheville, NC the other day, and saw a bumper sticker that said, “Change your water, change your life.” Now, I’m pretty sure that the person who owned the car was advertising for their business/company that sells amazing water that will totally transform your life, but that little slogan stuck with me, and has caused me to do quite a lot of thinking. I felt like I was being issued a challenge, an opportunity to change some things in my life.
Everyone has heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” It’s so true. If you feed your body foods that are unhealthy or even ones that just have no nutritional value, your body will begin to perform poorly. You won’t have much energy, you won’t be able to be focus or concentrate well, and your body will have a much harder time protecting itself from germs, infections, etc… I believe that this same principle applies, not only to our physical bodies, but to our spiritual beings as well. We are/we become what we feast on. In today’s society, it is becoming increasingly difficult to weed out and separate ourselves from the things that are not beneficial for our spiritual growth. The toughest challenge for me comes when the item in question is mostly good, or is not really bad, but carries minute amounts of unwholesomeness in it. (We would never fill our vehicles with gasoline that had even small amounts of water or dirt in it!)
Now, I’m going to be totally transparent, and probably shock and sadden some of you-I like watching “The Bachelor/Bachelorette.” I know, I know. You don’t have to tell me that that show isn’t just a little wrong, there’s pretty much nothing good about it at all. But, it’s very entertaining, and sometimes really humorous, watching all these people try out love like they’re trying on shoes or hats. It’s really hard not to want to find out what happens. I feel though, that I am being challenged to really look at this seriously, and make a decision as to whether or not this is the kind of fare that I am going to allow in my spiritual diet. Philippians 4:8 makes it really clear as to what kind of things we should allow ourselves to think and dwell on, and that show meets none of that criteria. How important is it to us to keep ourselves pure and not allow things in our eyes and ears that could slowly, over time, deaden and desensitize us to God’s voice? We may never know the impact we have on others’ lives, and if we’re not full of God’s love, His truth and freeing grace, then how will we ever be able to share that with those around us?
I know that the TV example is a small, silly one, but we have choices to make daily as to what we are going to feed ourselves spiritually. It is important. Those around us are important. “Change your water, change your life.” Change what we ingest, and what comes out of us will be different as well. I want good things to come out of me; life-giving things. Let’s stand together and ask God to give us the strength to put aside worldly, unwholesome things, and instead, allow Him to transform us with a different diet so that we might be givers of life, love, and truth to those who need it.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:11-14