Stay Hungry My Friends

“When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies.”

Jeremiah 15:16

We are exhorted in Hebrews 10:24-25, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” You would think with all that is going on in the world today this would be the goal of every person who graces the door of a church on any day of any given week, but believe it or not, not everyone comes to stir up love. Some just come to stir it up. As the pastor continued his sermon sharing some personal insights from almost 40 years in pastoral ministry I had to laugh as the image of actor Jonathan Goldsmith, who did the voice overs for those “Most Interesting Man In the World” commercials for Dos Equis beer came to mind. He would end every commercial with the words, “Stay Thirsty My Friends”.  

The pastor said, “A hungry person is a humble person” and then he went on to explain that people who come to church hungry for the Word rarely if ever complain about the meal that is being served at the pulpit or in the Home Bible study. The reason being is they are always hungry for the Word of God. It’s all milk and meat to them and they know we need both. The pastor went on to tell a joke to illustrate his point about a guy whose wife asked him what he wanted for breakfast and he said two eggs. The wife then asks her husband, “how would you like your eggs cooked?” The husband responds, “One scrambled and the other fried.” In a few minutes his wife returns with a plate with one fried egg along with one scrambled egg just like her husband had asked. He sat there looking down not eating and so she asked, “is there something wrong?” The guys just sitting and staring down at his plate says, “you scrambled the wrong one.” The pastor said, “Obviously this guy wasn’t hungry enough.”

The pastor concluded his sermon saying regarding the egg illustration, “Thats what happens when we aren’t hungry. Hungry people are humble people and humble people are happier people. If you aren’t happy today pray God would make you hungry so He could make you humble.” Sage advice from a seasoned pastor. All I can say to that is, “Stay hungry my friends!”

“But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:4


Michael Osthimer





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