Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.”
// Matthew 4:4 [MSG]
When I moved to a foreign country a couple of years ago, I found myself out on a limb, away from my friends, home, and routine. My life looked completely different to what I had known previously and somehow, in the unfamiliarity of my surroundings, God seemed far away too.
Things changed when a wise friend reminded me that, just like an athlete on a strict training regime, we need to be on a specific diet to build us up in the things of God. Our diet should be tailored to our unique makeup, situation, and goals – it will look different during different seasons of our lives, and it won’t be the same as the diets of those around us.
So I made myself a diet – it was a list called ‘Nutrition’. For me, the staples were a weekly prayer morning with friends via Skype, online teaching sites I could watch while eating my dinner (instead of Netflix) and lots of truth-speaking Post-It notes stuck to the walls of my apartment where I would sleep, brush my teeth, and wash the dishes. I added more candles, herbal tea, and relaxing tunes to my daily doses of the Bible, and found a quiet spot under a tree near work where I could go to eat lunch and find 20 minutes of solace with Him.
I found that small changes to my daily routine made a potentially desolate time into one of the richest spiritual seasons I’ve experienced in my life. I learned good habits that I still use today, and found health in areas that previously were neglected.
So just a reminder, Brooklyn, that dieting isn’t only about the pursuit of kale, almond milk, and gluten-free baked goods. It’s about ensuring we’re getting the Heavenly nutrition we need each day to stay strong and run a good race.
// Alicia Hosking