Hungry? In this country, the last thing many worry about is something to eat; many people worry more about being overweight than they do about starvation. However Jesus spoke about those who being filled having woe and those being hungry having happiness. What seems like a contradiction was really a reference to spiritual hunger. We are happy when we recognize and fill our spiritual need. We can maintain our spiritual awareness by watching what we spiritually eat.
How can being "filled up" result in unhappiness? When a person fills their life with material things and neglects spirituality it can result in a lack of satisfaction in life. Many people are hungry for success which they view as a large bank account and accumulation of material possessions. Now, it is true that we all have material needs and having nice things is not a crime, but when one makes their sole purpose in life the possession of an ever increasing array of material possessions those things in and of themselves cannot make us happy. Many "successful" people report a feeling of emptiness even as they reach the peak of their success and prosperity. Many try to fill this need in material ways or simply ignore it but sooner or later we all are left with the prospect of finding out who we really are. Men are especially notorious about ignoring any spiritual side of themselves; they are locked into the "breadwinner" role and view spiritual things as relatively unimportant. When that "midlife crisis" rolls along, though, they are force to take stock of how they have lived their life.
Yes, we do have a spiritual need, so how do we fill it. We do well to take stock of feeding habits. How often do we spend time considering spiritual things. If we are a Christian that means considering the Bible, do we read the bible? You know, when you read the bible the key is visualization, we need to put ourselves in the settings we are reading about. Then, we need meditate on what we have just read. When we meditate, it is like digesting our food figuratively speaking. We need to think about what lesson we can learn from that account; what does it teach us about God and how can we apply it. It is important to think and act like a spiritual person and that can only happen if we feed our minds spiritual food. We need to communicate with God in prayer as well; he can provide us with the strength we need to become the best person we can be. However, we need to avoid being rote and repetitive in prayer and work on pouring our heart out to God. We need to make the acquiring of spiritual knowledge and conducting ourselves as spiritual people a priority in life. It is important to spend sometime each day filling our spiritual need.
You know, just as it is important to eat good nutritious food and avoiding excessive junk food; we also need to, spiritually speaking, avoid spiritual junk food. What do we watch, listen to and read? These are individual choices that we have the right to decide on. However, we might consider that being a positive spiritual person is very hard when we are fueling ourselves with negative material. We live in a culture that constantly pushes material that appeals to our most primitive instincts. People are gorging themselves on pornography and excessively violent movies and music that really promotes the worse aspects of human nature. We trumpet personal freedom and claim that our entertainment does not affect us; then we are horrified by the latest acts of violence and brutality that seem to have become commonplace in our society. We cannot deny the tenet "we are what we eat". If we do not become what we watch, we at the very least build a tolerance to things we would have no tolerance for in person.
Do we really want to be happy; then we cannot deny our spiritual needs. We must feed our minds with positive spiritual things, act on what we learn and stay away from the negative "junk food" that in essence can cause us to become the type of people we do not wish to be.