“You are what you have fed” – Adeolu Akinyemi
When we were all born, we all had a clean slate. A clean state in terms of experiences, knowledge, and cravings. We had no idea of the meals we’ll love, nor the people we’ll be friendly with, nor the books we’ll read. We had a clean slate, then we started feeding.
As human beings we are a body, a soul and a spirit, the center peice of the human being is the soul. The soul is the sit of the human will, and takes instructions from the spirit or the body. The spirit is infinite while the body is limited. The cravings of the spirit are longterm oriented, while the cravings of the flesh are short term focused. The demands of the body are louder, the requests of the spirit man is with a still and small voice. The demands of the body are usually at logger heads with the demands of the human spirit, and these two are regularly at war.
Our eventual identity is the result of what we have fed. If you feed your flesh, your results will be limited to the limits of the flesh – corruption and decay. If you feed your spirit you will reap the limits of the spirit, which is infinite and eternal. You (ideally your soul) loses power to whichever of these two potential lords it feeds.
In case you are wondering what you have been giving control, examine the following questions.
1. What level of control can you exercise over food? When your body craves to be fed, what do you do? Do you find it easy to skip your meals to concentrate and focus on other areas of your life? When you feel hungry can you hold out for much longer? Have you never considered these questions because you’ve always fed your hunger for food? What you can’t control grows without limit, and eventually controls you.
2. What level of control do you exercise over your temper? When you feel offended or hurt by what someone else did, do you heed to the cravings to give it back in same measure? How much control do you have over your angered emotions? When was the last time you deliberately refused to express the anger that you bitterly felt? If you can’t manage your temper, it will destroy you.
3. What level of control do you exercise over your sexuality? Is it everytime the opportunity presents itself that you tap into it? When was the last time you had an opportunity you knew was wrong and you said No! When was the last time you refused to rationalize your values? Nothing quite devalues a human being like inability to manage his/her sexuality.
4. The windows to the soul from the body are the senses. The sight, the ears, the smell, the feelings and the taste. When was the last time you excused yourself from watching what would only hand over control to your body? When was the last time you refused to be a part of gist that was corrosive and defamotory to another persons character? When was the last time you refused to smell what you knew you mustn’t eat? When was the last time you had inordinate feelings and cravings for something and you held your grounds. When was the last time the situations around you shouted taste, drink and eat, and your knowledge of where the road would end kept you off? When? If you stumble into greatness, you will stumble out of it. If you got “there” without control, you will leave “there” without control.
5. When also did you push yourself to do what you body found difficult? When was the last time you evaluated your values and stuck with them. When was the last time you spoke the truth to your own hurt? When was the last time you went through pain just to help someone else out? When was the last time you took time out of your normal schedule to connect with God? When was the last time you fed your spirit?
Don’t get me wrong, the body is valuable, it’s value is however in playing it’s role, not in controlling your life. The best definition of discipline I’ve come across, is doing what you know you ought to do, whether or not you feel like it.
By answering the questions above, you should know who is in the drivers seat of your life, to take charge and direct your life well requires discipline. Start denying yourself some unnecessary gratifications today, celebrate your little victories and you’ll become a winner daily, and ultimately.