My children were in elementary school in the 1980’s. It was then I remember some politician thought it would be a great idea to include scheduled snack times during the school day. Perhaps there was a grant in place because the snacks were provided by the school at no cost to the parents.

I visited the classroom one day and saw how excited the kids were when the teacher said, “It’s nutrition time!”. If they weren’t paying attention before, they sure were now. The snack woke them up and gave them new energy (as if they were running short on energy!). Nutrition time was like a fresh start for the class.

When our bodies are hungry and we begin to feel run-down or physically weak, we likely need nutrition. When we get it, we usually begin to feel better. Sometimes the nutrition I need is found in a hot, triple latte’. The caffeine boost rushes through my body and I am ready to go!

The expression, “you are what you eat”, is exactly right. If I eat too much fatty food, well, you know. Our quality of nutrition is often evident at the doctor’s office. Somehow the doctor knows if I have been careless with my nutrition. My doctor will tell me plainly to clean-up my diet (I appreciate the honesty).

How often do we consider our spiritual nutrition? A mental diet of violent television and videos can result in violent emotions of our own. A mental diet of anger, hatred, bigotry, homophobia, misogyny, or any negative thoughts or emotions will manifest itself in your demeanor and, as a result, the people around you will be negatively affected.

Conversely, a mental diet of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control will manifest in your emotions and demeanor, thereby drawing people of the same mind to you. Wait, I read that somewhere! Oh, yeah, it’s in the Bible at Galatians 5:22-23.

Notice how negative people are drawn to each other. Then the negativity can ramp-up to sub-sonic levels! Positive people, those who try their best to follow the law of love (See Gal. 5:22-23 above), will draw like-minded people to themselves as well. Then the positivity (love) can ramp-up to sub-sonic levels!

That is probably the best reason to attend church. Not because you think you should, or you think it might “save” you, or someone told you to. But because you want to spend time with positive people in a positive environment!

Negativity is contagious, and so is positivity. Which one would you rather catch? Try finding a church where you feel loved, accepted, and at-home. Run from negative people (that includes judgmental “religious” people) and find happy, positive, spiritual people. You might be surprised how good mental nutrition will feel.

Blessings and Peace to You All,

Fr. David+

Rev. Dr. David Bridges is the pastor at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grove. He can be reached at frdavid@standrewsgrove.org. St. Andrew's worship service is at 10 a.m., every Sunday, and broadcast on KWXC 88.9 FM at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.