He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
The laborer’s appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on. (NIV)
I meet with a spiritual director/mentor several times a year. During one visit he gave me a card with three questions to be considered during the time I spent with him, and in quiet retreat during that day:
- What occurs in my life that nurtures me spiritually?
- What occupies the space at the center of my life (i.e. what captivates me)?
- What drives me and motivates me?
I added a further question to the card during the day: What distracts me?
When I read this Proverb I find myself asking the same questions again. What I am so hungry for that my appetite drives me on? Is there anything distracting me, getting in the way of my progress? The words of this Proverb directly challenge me about my spiritual welfare and growth. If I am no longer hungry, then I may become lazy and complacent, two attributes that God does not expect in followers of His Son.
Is your appetite for spiritual things constantly nagging away, driving you to feed your hunger?
- What occurs in your life that nurtures you spiritually?
- What occupies the space at the center of your life (i.e. what captivates you)?
- What drives you and motivates you?