Finding food that nourishes our souls.
Written by Desiree Bustamante.
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I read an article recently titled Feeding Ducks Bread Leads to Their Demise. Giving bread to ducks is a tradition that most of us have participated in at some time in life. However, it’s important to know that this seemingly charitable act is actually bad for their health. Bread has very little nutritional value, so when people feed ducks all of the bread they can eat the ducks stop foraging for their normal diet. This leaves them unhealthy and susceptible to illnesses. Sometimes they can even develop a condition and can no longer fly, leading to their death. We forget that ducks are wild animals that know how to feed themselves.
We also need to eat nutritious food, but we may fall into the trap of eating what’s quick to find (leftover cake from a party, an easy to grab bag of chips, a can of soda to keep us awake in the afternoon). We easily fall into bad eating habits which can zap our energy and threaten our health. Yet who wants to search for nutritious food when you can easily reach for whatever treats are near you?
“Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.”
1 Peter 2:2-3 New Living Translation
Our souls need feeding too, but of good wholesome truth that nourishes instead of depletes. All the negative news, and evil, we‘re daily exposed to threatens the health of our minds and our souls. We forget how loving and kind our Lord is in the midst of the chaos. We need many meals of God’s word, filled with the spiritual vitamins of hope, peace, love, joy, and truth to keep us healthy so we do not become discouraged by this world.
Our loving Lord wants to spend time with you, nourishing you with the words He wrote especially for you. Spend time digesting the pure spiritual milk of His word. Let Him love and nurture you through it.
If you’re looking for something more beneficial to feed ducks try lettuce, corn, or oats, but if you want the best food for your Spirit dig into God’s word.
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