This morning, as I read Hannah Whitall Smith, her phrase “undigestible spiritual food” struck me deeply. As she discussed what’s going wrong in our lives and how we often feel out of sorts or under God’s wrath, she likened the real problem to having consumed undigestible spiritual food.
Something we’ve consumed has harmed, increased toxicity, and damaged. Something undigestible–or something whose byproduct doesn’t nourish at all–has entered the system.
As someone so attuned and so daily concerned with what I put into my body, I’m always asking if what I’m eating truly nourishes me. Why don’t I ask the same of what I’m feeding my soul in terms of media, my thought life, or anything I let myself hear, see, and think about? Does this nourish? What byproduct will come if I did digest this thing?
Consider Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Today, I recalibrate to nourish the soul with a fresh and joyful commitment to feed on God’s word and fill my mind with lovely things. I find myself listening to worship music with new affection and praying more wholeheartedly. I find myself feeding my soul just as I munch on the wholesome nuts and berries in my hand.