Breakfast with Bruce

Breakfast With Bruce

Breakfast

 Did you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?  When you eat a nutritious breakfast you start off your day refueling your brain and your body.  A nutritious breakfast will kick-start you metabolism and give you the energy you need to get your day off to a good start.  You need to eat a breakfast that has “staying power.”  It should include plenty of fiber and healthy sources of protein.

If after eating breakfast you find yourself getting hungry within an hour or two you may not be eating enough or be eating the right kinds of foods.  When you skip breakfast you may feel so hungry at lunch time that you may be tempted to eat foods that are not the healthiest choices because you are starving.   A proper breakfast will satisfy hunger and will keep you full and energized until lunch.

If you are someone who doesn’t like to eat breakfast you still need the nutrition and fuel that breakfast supplies.  You might even be rushed in the mornings and think you don’t have time to eat.  Eating something would be better than eating nothing at all.  One suggestion would be to divide the breakfast into two smaller meals.  A healthy breakfast doesn’t need to take a long time top prepare and it certainly doesn’t need to be extravagant.

In a similar way we need to start off our day spiritually.  Our spiritual strength and energy for the day is provided when we ingest a proper diet of God’s word.  We will be stronger faithfully throughout the day when we begin it with God and his word.  Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).  He wants us to understand that God has provided more than just earthly food for our sustenance.  He has provided the spiritual nourishment we need to get us through each day.  That spiritual nourishment is found within the pages of the Bible.

The prophet Jeremiah said, Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts” (Jeremiah 15:16).  When the prophet speaks of eating the Word of God he is talking about ingesting it in his soul.

The word of God is spoken of frequently as food or nourishment for our spirits.  The Psalmist said it is sweeter than honey (Psalm 19:10; 119:103) and Peter compares it to milk (1 Peter 2:2) that helps us grow.  In the book of Hebrews it is compared to strong food or meat (5:12-14).

Our spiritual life is strengthened and sustained by the nourishment we receive from the Word of God.  This Word builds us up in our faith as it ministers to our souls.  The apostle Paul said to the elders at Ephesus, “Now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32).  He recognized how important it was for even the leadership of the church to be constantly ingesting a proper diet of the word of God.

Starting the day off with the Word of God will give us the spiritual strength and endurance of Job.  He faced many challenges in his life.  He experienced the loss of family, possessions, and friends.  Even his own wife challenged his faith in God (Job 2:9).  But, Job stood strong in the face of adversity and he tells us where his strength came from each day.  He said, “I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread” (Job 23:12).

Just as we need to begin each day with a proper nutritional breakfast, we also need to begin each day with a proper nutritional spiritual breakfast.  The way we do this is to each morning “take. . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication” (Ephesians 6:18).  Do you feel rushed in the mornings and don’t think you have time to spend with God?  Even a small portion will give you the spiritual energy and fortitude needed to remain faithful every day.  The apostle Paul says we are, “nourished with the words of the faith and of the good teaching” (1 Timothy 4:6).

Bruce Leonard

P.S,

Would you like to start your day with good spiritual nutrition?  Come join me for the first “Breakfast with Bruce” on Thursday September 27th.

Breakfast With Bruce