I apologize for the grossnicity of this but I have come to the conclusion that we are not fed by what we poop out. We are fed by what we digest and absorb.
I recently met with my pastor Rory Lewellyn and we were talking about some struggles I was having. He said that he thought part of my problem was I wasn’t assimilating the word that I was reading. To Paraphrase, I wasn’t digesting the word.
It wasn’t too long after that that God gave me a picture of what Rory was talking about. It was big pile of red poop. There is a colony of rock chucks out where i take my walks. On my daily walk I came across a big pile of red poo. Not red with blood, red from whatever the pooper had eaten. Upon closer inspection (not too close) I could see fruit pits, like from cherries. The body of those animal that pooped this didn’t absorb much from this food. The food was unchanged and so the animal didn’t get much nutritional value from the food.
I read in the book of James this morning. Here is what I read: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Read the word, then Assimilate, absorb, digest, act on, allow it to change, guide and direct me.
Is the study of God’s word having an effect on me? Is my life changing? Am I doing the basics of caring for those in need around me? Am I guarding my tongue?
Is the word of God in me coloring my life? Or just coloring my “poo”? How about you? Are you reading God’s word? Is it changing how you think? How you act? What you value?
Hmmm. Something to think about.