You have probably heard the phrase, you are what you eat. Depending on what type of foods that you eat can have a good or bad nutritional effect on your body. The idea behind the adage is to help encourage one to make healthier choices in what they eat to have positive effects on their body.
Have you ever thought about what your soul is consuming? The social media, movies, conversations, books, and magazines that we consume everyday also have an affect on the health of our soul. Did you also think about the things that we purchase have an affect on not only oneself, but a greater community that either benefits or suffers from the purchases we make everyday. Does having the latest and greatest products or technology become an idol to own and consume?
Social Media: Sometimes the media, products, technology we purchase everyday affect us as consumers personally. I’m starting to understand that what I consume as far as media: tv shows, movies, books, social media has an impact on my heart, soul, and mind. I have to stop and wonder do I consume media that is positive, uplifting, helps me grow, or challenges and educates me? If not, what effects can my consumption of media have – does it separate me from God or cause me to stumble and sin? Sometimes we don’t realize the effects of our social media consumption until it’s too late and we are in to far to realize that it is bringing us down.
Purchase Impacts: Another challenge to ‘you are what you consume’ is the impact the products you purchase can have on the world in regards to sustainability and free trade. Does the product harm the environment? Does the purchase sustain an institution of oppression and poverty? It may be overwhelming to figure out where and how to start understanding how each purchase has an impact to the greater community, but you can start by recognizing that what you purchase can have positive or negative impacts on others.
Over Consumption: I am guilty of wanting to consume “more.” It is hard to not want to look towards your next purchase that will keep you up to date with the latest and greatest. It is important to realize for yourself what is considered a “luxury” verses a “need.” It can begin with learning to prioritize needs verses wants is important to making consumption an idol in your life as well as not comparing yourself to what those around you consume or own.