“Meat is to sustain the body. To do the Will of God is the very strength and support of Life. Feed on that Food. Soul-starvation comes from the failing to do, and to delight in doing, My Will. How busy the world is in talking of bodies that are undernourished? What of the souls that are undernourished? Make it indeed your meat to do My Will. Strength and Power will indeed come to you from that.” 
To do God’s will. This is the meat that feeds the soul. Living out God’s will in our lives, or as Paul puts it, working out our salvation (Phil 2:12). This is what gives us life and meaning and purpose.
What a switch from my normal way of thinking about it. I have always thought we feed our souls in order to do God’s will. I tend to think “pray, read, write, study, worship” to strengthen and nourish my soul that God might “send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.” 
The change here is two-fold. The subtle shift of perspective to see that when I feed my soul I am doing the will of God, and it is the doing of God’s will, not the various practices I undertake in the doing of God’s will, that actually feeds my soul. Yes, prayer feeds me. As does reading my Bible. But it is not the act of praying or reading that is food any more than the act of eating nourishes our bodies. It’s not the eating that packs on the pounds, it’s the food. Likewise, it’s not the words I say or the Word I read, but the will of God that gives my soul the calories it needs to flourish. It’s a subtle shift, but significant because the other change is even bigger and related to the first.
The second change lies in realizing that I don’t need to be nourished that I might do God’s will, but that the very act of doing God’s will nourishes me. Relating to the shift of perspective mentioned above, this comes as the realization that God’s will is not the act of eating, but the very food our souls need. This is what feeds and fills me, doing God’s will. This is where I find meaning and purpose. This doing of God’s will is the difference in my days, the meaning in my moments.
This is where my soul finds satisfaction and joy. This is when my soul smiles and smacks its lips in satisfaction. This doing of God’s will. This is my purpose, my passion, the profound grace of my life.
To do God’s will involves and includes those things I so often think of as feeding my soul. But those things are the process of eating, not the food itself. Imagine if we believed it was the act of eating and not the food that fed our bodies. By merely raising an empty fork to our mouths we would expect our stomachs to be filled! Foolishness. But that is too often what we do when we feed our souls.
We go through the practice of eating – prayer, and reading, and study and what not – and wonder why we are not filled, not sustained, not satisfied. Our souls sit shriveled with hunger because we feed them on empty forks from empty plates of our own devising.
Or worse, and more dangerous, we pick one small piece of food and eat it again and again and again, week in and week out, expecting our souls to be strengthened. Perhaps our biggest danger is not spiritual apathy, but soul-scurvy! We take three bites of worship each week and wonder what’s wrong. We mistake the eating for the food and can’t imagine why the process leaves our souls’ empty and rumbling to be filled.
We feed our souls and find ourselves hungry again two hours later. Turns out we are surviving on appetizers and salad. Not that appetizers and salad aren’t good. But they are no substitute for meat. (Fill in the imagery with the meat of your choice.)
Our souls starve in the midst of plenty because we cannot see the soul food all around us. We do not recognize it as food and so think it inedible. When the meat of God’s will sits steaming on the table in front of us. But what is this meat, this will of God? How will I know it when I see it? Jesus tells us God’s will is that we love God with all of our beings and that we love our neighbors (Mt 22:37-40).
Fine. Sure. Right. Love God. Love each other. But what does that look like? What does that mean for me, in my life, right here, right now?
And that’s the hard part. That’s why we accept soul-hunger as standard. Because doing God’s will is the same for all of us. Love. But it looks different for each of us because it is particular to who we are, and where we are and when we are in our lives and spiritual journeys.
For me, doing God’s will looks like this:
Stay connected to God, abide in Him, through prayer, reading, music and writing.
Create a space of love and laughter wherein we can experience joy.
Accept those who come into my life as sent by God and love them accordingly.
Help others connect with God, themselves and each other.
Be open to every moment, each encounter, as an opportunity for God to use me.
Funny, but when I do these things. When I live my life in this manner, I smile from the inside out. My days, even the dark and dreary days, are characterized by joy. I live at peace within myself. My stress level drops, even though the various stress-inducing aspects of my life are in no way diminished. I laugh more. I find myself deeply satisfied with my days as I lay down to sleep. And I look forward to each tomorrow.
My soul is fed. My soul is filled with the meat of the will of God. I am deeply and abundantly full (Jn 10:10).
When we don’t eat the meat of God’s will (If you don’t eat yer meat, how can you have any pudding? How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?) we wander through our lives always hungry, never satisfied, seeking simply one more morsel to scarf down, starving, literally soul-starving to death.
Come, my friends. Sit. Be fed. Eat the will of God.
 Dec. 7, From God Calling, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.
 Book of Common Prayer. p366.