The Thought for the Week this week is written by Susie Sharkey

by Susie Jean Sharkey

Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment" 1 Peter 2 v 2

I'm sure you that most of you are like myself and have needed to lose weight at some point in life. I console myself with the fact that I'm not alone! We've all gone down this well trodden path and we all know what we need to do. In the past, I've gone to classes, I've signed up on line, I've bought the recipe books, I've kept a food diary, I've bought the monthly magazines (and even read them) all with the intention of losing weight. Life is so full of good intentions. And it's exactly the same in spiritual life. We know we need to get to know God better, we know we need to cultivate our relationship with God. We buy the bible, we download the bible app, we sign up for Alpha, yes we do all the outward things but inwardly nothing has changed.  Our hearts are the same. We are still the exact same person on the inside. It's not enough to buy a bible and read it...we must then take the next step and do what it tells us to do within the pages. It's not enough to read my health living magazines, agree with how wonderful if would be to be thin and then go to the freezer and eat a pot of Ben and Jerry's ice cream! No, if I want to lose weight I know that Ben and Jerry's has to go. I know I need to focus on what is important. And in spiritual life we need to do the same. We need to bin the junk food, the food that makes us lazy, the food that makes us into people we would rather not be, and instead we need to desire the pure word of God that will nourish us and increase our desire for more of God. So, this week, have a look in your spiritual food cabinet and bin the stuff that you know you just can't eat/drink/watch if you are to grow into a healthy mature child of God.