Warning: Watching Julia Robert’s return to the big screen in this month’s soon-to-be classic movie Eat Pray Love will cause unsuspecting moviegoers to work up quite the appetite. Based upon the soul-baring novel by Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love is, well, heavy on the eating.
“This is my no carb left behind experiment,” Julia Robert’s character declares between bites of delicious Italian cuisine.
And while having a relationship with your gooey, hand-tossed pizza may sound appetizing, let’s look at some practical ways to eat our way through life…without gaining the nickname “Groceries.”
1. Consume God’s Word – Memorizing scripture and clinging to the promises God has given us in the Bible is critical to maintaining a spiritually healthy life. In the movie, Liz, a middle-aged journalist from New York, finds herself pulled between accepting the roles she’s expected to fill and discovering the person she wants to become. There are times when we each face the similar situations. It’s then that we can turn to the Word and spiritually stuff ourselves with truth and wisdom that will help us when making touch decisions. By consuming the Word, we will find hope in troubling times, get to know our Creator, and set out upon the narrow path He has set for us.
2. Share a meal – When it comes to eating with others, the more you share with, the better! There’s a great passage in the book of Acts that reveals how first century believers lived this out their lives: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles” (Acts 2: 42-43). Not too shabby, right? Whether it’s getting together with co-workers for lunch, grabbing coffee with some gals, or enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving feast like Liz and her Italian friends, remember to eat and share “with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people” (Acts 2:46b-47a).
3. Find satisfaction in Christ – The twelve disciples sure did have front-row seats at some of the coolest miracles of all time: the feeding of the five thousand, healing of the blind, Jesus walking on water. They couldn’t have seen it more clearly if they were watching it in high-def, and yet there were times when they still didn’t quite get it. In John 6, Jesus breaks it down: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.” Let’s learn from the disciples’ doubt. Trust that the Lord will provide for those who seek Him. He is the only one that can truly satisfy us. You could travel the whole world, from New York to Bali, seeking enlightenment, and find no better offer than eternal life through Christ. Our response to such an incomparable gift? With all humility and faith, like Peter, saying, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68-69).