As I was watching the documentary Hungry for a Change, a certain statement was said that made me stop and think.
Within the context of the movie, they were speaking about how we as a nation overeat, and yet we never feel full because we're not eating the good, natural foods that would truly satisfy us. So, we spend our time starving for the right kinds of food.
As I began to think about this quote, I spent some time thinking about it also in terms of being a leader in the church. How easy is it for me to feed myself with things of the world, and never truly feed the one thing that could satisfy my soul?
I can read all the leadership how-to books, but if I'm not spending daily time in God's Word am I only getting fat off of knowledge, formulas and quotes? Christian leadership books are wonderful - they stretch us and help us grow. But, they were never meant to be a substitution for God's Word filling our hearts and our minds. I know for me there are times it's easier to read a book and have the book tell me how to apply certain things to my life rather than looking to His Word and asking God to help me figure out how to apply it to my life.
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’" Matthew 4:4
It's easy for me to speak with other leaders and bounce ideas back and forth with them. What can be a bit more challenging for me is to get still and sit alone with God waiting on Him to tell me what my next step should be. I find I can get so full on others' opinions, never giving God on opening to have a dialogue with me about what He wants for my future - starving myself from His guidance.
"Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always." - 1 Chronicles 16:11
The lesson God is teaching me today is I can never truly overfeed myself spending time in His Word and prayer. I don't want to take in too much of the world to the point that I'm starving myself for more of Jesus. He is the only one that can truly satisfy my soul.