When life’s got you feeling hangry

Main Truth - “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 NIV

Hangry - the new term to describe when you are famished and you need food NOW. And most likely, you’ll eat whatever food enters your peripheral vision, which probably isn't the healthiest choice.

To avoid hangry, it is recommended to eat 4-6 small meals a day. Meals that include carbs and protein. But we often neglect this fact and wait until hangry to remind us we need to eat.

Time with Jesus can be like this. For example, in John 6, Jesus feeds the five thousand with just 5 loves of bread and 2 fish. The people were hungry and Jesus showed himself to satisfy their physical needs. However, they wanted more. They didn't want Jesus, they wanted what He could do for them.

“Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” John 6:26 NIV.

Our need for spiritual food is the same. For example, when we wait for Sunday to come to do the church thing, to listen to the message and look to what it can do for us, it may satisfy your “tummy” for a bit. However, it cannot sustain you throughout the week, until the next time you come. You will become “hangry”...you will become famished, looking for anything and everything to satisfy that hunger, and most likely not the best choice.

Sometimes, we look to church to be our only meal for our week. Sometimes, we are angered or frustrated because the pastor's message didn't fill our bellies. Sometimes, our souls are so famished, that Sunday’s message goes down a bottomless pit that it can't satisfy us.

Time with Jesus is like those 4-6 meals a day that are meant to sustain us.

When we spend time with Jesus everyday, searching for Him in our daily lives, our souls become satisfied and the more likely His spirit will produce His fruit within us - “... love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…” (Galatians 5:22‭-‬23)

There will be moments of hangry that will come up in your day. Let those moments be a reminder that you need Jesus.

Post written by: Samantha DeLeon

Samantha has grown up going to church, but didn't encounter Jesus until her mid-thirties. Jesus met her on a road of anxiety and over commitment, turning her faith from a spectator sport to a team player on the field. Samantha's mission is to encourage women like herself, "the overachiever-need to help everyone-over committed-never full" life into the abundant life Christ promises and trust Him through life's ups and downs. Samantha is a California native, married to her high school sweetheart and they have 3 school-aged children.