Recently I read a story about a grandfather who gave his grandson the above advice. Then I heard a popular Christian speaker say, "You become hungry for what you are feeding yourself." Hmmm…..
So let me get this right.....whatever we feed ourselves we become hungry for and as a result it lives and gets bigger. Is it really possible to develop a hunger for such things as gossip, worry, self-pity, resentment and the other things on the above list? Can we “feed” ourselves into a bad place? In our society, the day often starts with negativity beginning with the morning news and it goes downhill as the day progresses.
Can we really develop a hunger for this if we "eat" it and how do we feed the right "one"?
Feeding the right perspective requires us to be proactive and God tells us how to identify these things and what to do about them. Notice two calls to action in the following scripture: casting down and bringing into captivity. What do we cast down? He tells us in the middle of the verse.
2 Corinthians 10:5 "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
"Imaginations" are different for each person but some examples might be anticipating rejection, playing out an argument in your head that probably won't ever happen, worrying about things that "might" happen (loss of job, accident, failure, etc.)
When these “imaginations” are cast away from us they will starve.
We are instructed on what we should feed in Phil 4:8 “Finally, brothers, 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.” These are the things we need to develop a hunger for and we do that by feeding on them.
Look at the picture above as if it were a menu you will order from today.
Which one will you starve?
Which one will you feed?