You’ve all heard that phrase “You are what you eat”, but have you ever thought about what that really means?
Does it mean that if you eat too many carrots your skin will turn orange, you’ll start to smell like a carrot, and bunny rabbits will start stocking you?
NO! It is a Figure of Speech.
We use them all the time. Like saying “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse”, don’t worry, really I’m not into horsemeat. Or if I say “My job is killing me!” I really don’t want you to start digging my grave. We use figures to emphasize our words, to make a stronger point.
The phrase “You are what you eat” is talking about what you allow into your heart (not your mouth) is what you become.
There is a verse in the Bible that illustrates this well, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart…“ Jer. 15:16. Jeremiah ate the words God gave him, he made them a part of his thinking and the words gave joy to his heart. Here is another great verse, “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trustheth in him.” Psa. 34:8. How can you taste God? It is God’s words that are sweeter than honey (Psalms 19:10b), they are nourishment to the soul. They are The Words of Life!
When words enter our ears we start to consider them (chew on them), then we decide to either reject them (spit them out) or accept them (digest them) and make them a part of our thinking, and ultimately a part of our heart that changes our lives accordingly.
Ever heard of GIGO? Garbage In, Garbage Out.
We have to be careful what we allow into our mind, and dwell on in our heart, cause it will surely come out our mouth.
Remember that once words leave your mouth you can’t take them back.
But you can put your foot in your mouth, which usually happens when you say something stupid or hurtful. “Dang I can’t believe I said that!” Sound familar?
When our spouse tells us we look beautiful we feel on top of the world, when they say we look fat we are devastated.
But when the guy you cut off on the freeway yells at you it barely upsets you.
Why does one affect you but not the other? We allow certain people to affect us because we have respect for what they say, either good or bad.
Words can be uplifting or depressing.
Words can be loving or hateful.
Words can make us blush, or make us cry.
Words can make us afraid or give us great encouragement.
Spiteful words can be weapons for destruction of the soul.
Comforting words can heal the broken hearted.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2
To be healthy on the inside we need to dwell on things that promote health. The most healthy words I know come from God, our Creator, our Father who wants the best for us in every category of life. His words are pure, peaceable and easy to be intreated (James 3:17). They give life to those that hear and believe.
What are you eating? What are you feeding others?