Here in New Jersey, if you leave out any kind of low preservative or non-preserved food, it will begin to grow mold and become spoiled.
I love having fresh homemade or store baked and bought bread! Unfortunately, here in the middle of summer, if I take it home and leave it out, in a shelf or on a counter top, for a couple of days or so; or even if I put it in the fridge and leave it there too long, it will rot!
I have come to find out, the hard way, that it can get very hot and muggy in July and August in New Jersey, and that’s an understatement! If you’ve ever lived anywhere that is high in humidity and heat, you know that fresh food doesn’t last very long, so you have to eat it right away or freeze it to save it, if you want to enjoy it.
This made me think of another kind of bread that I really enjoy, without end; my daily “Living Bread”!
If I don’t make the time to read God’s word by myself or with my kids, I tend to get stale in my walk with him; and my kids start to act “rotten” as well.
To stay alive, people have to eat. So, if I want to live, I have to eat physical food. BUT, if I want to stay alive and connected to God, I must also “eat” of the spiritual bread that He has given me!
In the bible, John 6:35 says, “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty’”.
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:48)
John 6:51 says, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
Has your “daily bread” gotten stale? Or, left it out too long?
Unless we make an intentional effort to have breakfast, we will most likely not eat a healthy and balanced diet, first thing in the morning. I know people who don’t even eat breakfast, which is physically worse for you. Not mention, leaving us prone to crankiness.
Let me suggest that maybe we protect our time and food by designating a time frame to do that and making healthier food options available, to be both physically and spiritually alive; and in turn increase our chances of living longer and healthier lives, while growing in our faith.
Also, we should make all attempts necessary to keep our “bread” from both “elements” that have the potential to spoil or steal our opportunity for a healthy meal, so it doesn’t lose its freshness, by placing it where it won’t dry out or even grow old, with mold. Interestingly enough, both ways of “eating” require us to ingest and then digest food to receive its nourishment.
Here are some suggestions:
According to the March 2015, Woman’s Day Magazine, “A growing number of research shows that early risers reap a host of rewards, from feeling more positive to weighing less. The reason: Self-control tends to be stronger in the A.M., making it the ideal time to establish habits that can improve your body, mind and even your relationships.” (By K.Mickle, p.104, emphasis added)
Psalm 5:3 says, “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”
Psalm 199:11 states, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
The morning seems to be the best time of day to have your physical and spiritual daily bread and ask God to help you in your distress or praise Him for your blessings; and establish a holistic approach to healthy “eating” habits.
Have you established a habit to eat your “Daily Bread” today?!?
No matter what time of day it is, I encourage you to not only read His word in the morning, but to also have a “snack” any time you are hungry for something good!!!
A Word of Caution
After tasting of the ‘living bread’ you might begin to acquire a taste for it; and you might even become addicted to it, in a positive life giving way. Enjoy!
In the trenches of life with you,
Choose to “eat” better! Choose life!