Mark Affleck

His Eating Disorder Kidnapped God

August 17, 2020
Spiritual Growth

I spent most of my career as a corporate CEO working in the food sector of our economy ANTICIPATING the unforeseeable; managing the unimaginable; and dreaming the impossible. If I misdiagnosed the REAL PROBLEM and tried to fix the wrong thing, we would not “eat.”

The same danger animated my faith walk. I was misdiagnosing the REAL PROBLEM and nearly succumbed to spiritual starvation by not knowing my hunger’s source.
I was fixated on my need for a flashy new sports car with 500 ponies dancing under the hood, a towering French mansion, and the lifestyle that came in the deal.
I learned this powerful lesson from that experience: Our soul gets hungry at the very same rate as our stomach and in both cases the response is the same:
When our famished STOMACH sounds hunger’s siren in the brain, we cannot merely think about food. We must identify what to eat and then EAT IT.
When our famished SOUL alerts our hungry heart, we must do more than think about the emptiness. We must identify the need for God’s Word and then consume it immediately.
The biggest barrier between us and having hunger for God is the world’s banquet that sends false signals that we are already full.
In my case, even though I worked up a lumberjack’s appetite in my chase for a seat at the world’s banquet table, I was starving spiritually.   
I did not recognize I had a case of the SPIRITUAL HUNGRINESS. A need to connect with God, to find peace for my hungry heart. Accumulating the things the world said would nourish my need for happiness and self-satisfaction had no nutritional value for my soul. 
I pray that my hunger for God never stops and I find his promises to feed my hungry soul.
Are you hungry for God right now at this stage of your life?
“There was once a man who was giving a great feast to which he invited many people. When it was time for the feast, he sent his servant to tell his guests, ‘Come, everything is ready!’ But they all began, one after another, to make excuses. The first one told the servant, ‘I have bought a field and must go and look at it; please accept my apologies.’” Luke 14:16-18

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