Afternoon my loves
It is Sunday and something really spoke to me this morning whilst at church (I know I tend to not talk about faith on here but it really hit home with me). To those of you who are not familiar with the acronym ‘MRS GREN’ it is an acronym that identifies all the fundamental features of a living organism.
Todays word was ‘Nutrition’
The basic meaning behind this is that all living things need nutrition in order to grow. Food is a necessity in life but do we sometimes fail to acknowledge that sometimes we fail to nourish our souls?
Something really struck a cord with me when we were encouraged to evaluate whether we are guilty of leading a distracted life. Too many of us own far too many possessions and that in the UK 45% of us are estimated to use self storage units and we spend roughly £22 per sqf, too many of us get sucked into the wonderful world of tech, we all have far too much and it is estimated that the overall occupancy of self storage units in the UK is in the region of 75%. In terms of the amount of money we spend on advertising we spend roughly 25 billion on advertising ‘stuff’. The United Kingdom spends the most out of the whole of Europe on their advertising. Lent is therefore the perfect opportunity to reevaluate. So many of us will give up sweet treats or the booze but instead maybe we should be nourishing our souls and not just our bodies? It is important that we learn to nourish both the body and the soul.
In the UK it appears that we need these 5 things in our life in order to ‘grow’ (or so it appears).
This might be true if we are only interested in growing exponentially in order to hit targets and expand services and businesses. By doing this we are only satisfying our bodily needs and we ultimately neglect our souls.
There are thousands of articles, books and publications about how we can nourish our soul. Here are just a few examples:
- Make time in the day to be alone with your thoughts
- Read, write or paint
- Spend time in the great outdoors
- Serve someone other than yourself
- Practice the art of forgiveness
However does reading a self help book, drinking herbal tea or climbing a mountain really nourish ones soul?
Todays reading came from John 4 v 13-14:
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
If we continually just satisfy our physical needs and neglect our souls then we will remain thirsty (metaphorically), it is pivotal that we nourish both our body and soul. Today we were encouraged to think about whether we feel something in particular has been placed on our hearts.
Anyway, the moral of the story is that we must not neglect our soul and just feed our bodies. Your soul must be nurtured so that it can grow… don’t forget it!