I’m getting ready to head out the door to go on another road trip (seriously one of my favorite things ever), so today’s post may be shorter than normal. I haven’t written posts ahead this month and have really just gotten up each morning to write them for the most part, so please excuse the chaos. I dearly hope you’re intrigued by the title of this post because it’s one of the best ones I’ve come up with so far (in my humble opinion).
I ate at Zaxby’s recently, and if you’ve ever been to Zaxby’s you’ll know that they have some amazing fries. They put some sort of special seasoning salt on the potatoes to make you keep wanting more. Well, when I ate at Zaxby’s this last time, I noticed something was ‘off’. My fries seemed to grow in my mouth as I ate them, multiplying and making my mouth really dry. It was hard to swallow, rather tasteless, and altogether unappealing. A couple fries in, I noticed that they didn’t have their usual salt and seasoning on them. I endured them but I didn’t enjoy them, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t even finish eating them. There was nothing unique about them and nothing that made me want more.
It hit me later that afternoon the importance of salt. Jesus says that we are to be the salt of the earth–we are to be ‘flavored’ in such a way that leaves people’s spirits hungering for more. We are to be delightful and tasteful, not dry, hard to swallow, and repulsive.
I know that is such a random analogy, but I hope it’s one that makes sense (at least to my American readers 🙂 ). Please don’t feel dehumanized that I’m comparing us–or at least myself–to french fries LOL. People love french fries, but it’s their salt that makes them stand out from potatoes–hold up, the analogy is deepening–as well as the way they’re cut and fried: both painful experiences, but ones that form them into nourishment for others. Perhaps things (or people) have been cut out of your life, and it’s been painful. Or you feel as if you’re drowning or going through the fire–it’s these experiences that put you into shape to be palatable by others, but it’s the finishing salt that puts taste into you, makes you appealing, and differentiates you.
I can’t believe I just wrote a whole devotional post about french fries. Well, really–it’s not about the fries; it’s about the SALT.
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.” –Matthew 5:13
So go and be ‘salty’ today ;). Make others hunger after what you’ve been seasoned with.
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