I recently heard the phrase ‘You are what you eat’ and in a flash, it took me right back to being 6 years old and wondering (in a state of sheer panic) what would happen to me next. To put that comment into context, I had just had a bite of an apple, prepared by my grandmother I think, and I had swallowed an apple pip. This was serious, this was a major problem and I was really quite upset. But why? Because if you are what you eat then how long would it be before I turned into an apple tree!!! I went seeking advice from my grandfather who was a doctor, and I asked him how long the operation would be to get the tree out of me. It is fair to say he did, as far as memory allows me to be certain, look very confused. When I had explained what had happened, and after he had stopped laughing (I didn’t think this was a joking matter I can assure you) my grandfather explained what the phrase actually meant and cancelled the emergency operation! Be nice to me, I was only 6!

So today, when I read the following words from Psalm 119, verse 105 (it’s the longest Psalm in the bible, by the way, containing 176 verses) it made me think along similar lines. The words are as follows.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”

So, I pondered that if we are what we eat, then maybe we can be other things that we take in too!

I love the fact that these words remind us just how important the word of God is to us, that it will help us through so much if we let it. If we regularly spend time with our bibles and hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to us there is nothing we can’t face. It is not just words written by many authors; it’s words written by many authors ‘inspired by God’. It is a conversation that takes place between the hearer or reader and the divine, it is a timeless conversation that speaks to people so long ago, but also speaks to us now in our time. It is a message of hope, of joy, of peace and love. This message guides our ways, indeed ‘a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’

But we also live in a world where we have so many more inputs than just the word of God. Social media has, so very quickly, become important in enabling conversations, contact and help that would otherwise not be possible in our current situation… the naughty teenager has become a helpful adult if you like. Yet we still need to be careful about what we take in. If we are what we ‘consume’, what happens when what we consume on social media is not good, not helpful? We become shaped by misinformation. So, here’s my tip for the day. Does what you take in match what the bible tells you? Does it encourage you or others, does it spread hope or fear? Be mindful of what you read, what you hear, what you watch. With that in mind, I want to give you three links to help combat some of the wrong information I have heard about COVID 19 over the past few days.

Until next time, be safe, be blessed
Pastor James