One of the popular sayings today is, “You are what you eat.” With my health issues, I have come to realize the truth in these words many times. I indulge in sweets and chocolates, I see my blood sugar and weight shoot up. I overeat starches and carbo, I put on the pounds and see my blood pressure going up as well. I eat junk and mu body ends up as a trash can for all that junk. I eat healthy, I become healthy and feel good.
Similarly, I have come to realize that you are what you read. Reading feeds the mind. I read inspiring literature, I see the richness of life and its possibilities. I then have something to add to my life project. I read trashy things and I mind is full of junk and becomes cluttered and confused. As a man things, so he acts. If he feeds his mind with noble things, he is capable of noble deeds. If he fills his mind with lies and misinformation, he becomes destructive and negative.
Just as we need to feed the body and the mind, we need to feed the spirit as well. Prayer is the mealtime of the soul. In the silence and solitude, my spirit finds nourishment in the words of God until they become enfleshed and real in my life. Prayers are an essential part of my day as food and reading are. These are the essential nourishments in my life.