I’m 42 years old. I’m thoroughly convinced that our children are going to have terrible health issues due to the quality of food they consume. I’m not just talking about processed foods. There have been stories that the nutritional content of the fruits and vegetables that you can purchase at the store are nowhere near what they were 10-20 years ago.
Our kids might look healthy on the outside, but I hate to think what is really happening on the inside!
A big key to good health is eating right. So, many of us try to grow our own fruits and vegetables, every little bit counts! Many try to raise chickens, rabbits, goats or even cows for meat too.
It’s not easy, gardening and raising animals is work. It takes money, time and effort. But in the end, it is worth it. We are getting a return that might not even be able to be calculated in real benefit. We are purposeful and we know it will pay off!
The same is true spiritually!
Many Christians aren’t really watching what they put into their spirit. They aren’t eating spiritual food and as a result, aren’t very healthy in their relationship with Jesus.
How does this happen?
Colossians 3:1-3 says, “So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. 4 When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” (HCSB)
Christians fail spiritually when they eat a diet of “the world.” In opposition to what Colossians 3:1 says, they are not seeking what is above. Instead, they are indulging in what is below.
What do I mean?
As Christians, we are called to live in this world, but not be of it. John 17:14 says, “I have given them Your word. The world hated them because they are not of the world, as I am not of the world.” (HCSB)
When Christians spend more time in the world than in communion with God, their spiritual life suffers greatly. For instance, most Christians attend church on Sunday morning. Most services last about 1 hour. They leave church and are instantly surrounded by a world that “hates” God.
One hour of God, Jesus, church is a fraction of our week. It isn’t enough to sustain ANY relationship, much less a relationship with the Savior of the World!
I mean, could you imagine only spending one hour with your spouse a week? What kind of relationship would you have? It definitely wouldn’t be a healthy one!
Live Purposefully and Intentional
Just like you need to be intentional about the healthy food you eat, you need to do so even more spiritually. Here are some things to do.
- Track how much time you are: watching TV, spending on the internet, working, etc… Make some changes if you see a pattern that takes you away excessively from spending time with family and God.
- Schedule a time to pray and read your Bible. You have to be purposeful. Don’t just do it when you have “time.” You’ll never just have “time.”
- Listen to things that feed your spirit. On your commute to school or work, listen to Christian music, radio shows or podcasts.
- Journal your thoughts and prayers
- Create a gauge to what “passes through your eyes.” Purpose to turn off a show or walk out of a movie that… You have to decide how far you are willing to go with media.
- Memorize Scripture
- Attend a small group at your church. Or step out in faith and start one yourself! You’ll find that you will grow so much more if you are preparing to share every week.
- Start an accountability group
These are just some ideas. There are a ton more out there.
It’s the Most Important Thing
Your relationship with God will last forever, it’s the most important thing you can do on this Earth. When you find that you are keeping in step with the Spirit, you are still going to go through things, but you will have access to God’s peace and will more easily see those things as a little bump in the road instead of something that can totally derail you.
Just like all the junk out there for Christians, there is a lot of junk out there for preppers too. You need to wade through it and make sure the ideas and theories that are put out there are really for you and that they are really coming from a Christian World View.
For the Christian Prepper, from what I’ve gathered from my time in preparedness, SHTF should look very different. There’s a lot to this…so I’ll leave it there for now.