Mm, I wanna be salty! I started out today reading 3 different posts about salt! I thought I’d just leave my two cents, but then realized…my two cents really looked a bit too lengthy and sent me on some bunny trails all starting with this verse:
Matthew 5:13 “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.”
—You are here to be salt seasoning that brings out the GOD-FLAVORS of this earth.
After doing some inquiries into salt here, I found quite a few ponderous nuggets to chew on:
- Salt was required in all the sacrifices (Lev. 2:13)
- If we don’t have salt in ourselves, how can we spread it out to others? (Mark 9:50) We need to be spending time with Him, loving Him, and letting Him fill our cup to overflowing so that everything comes from that and goes back to glorify Him.
- To eat salt with one is to partake of his hospitality, to derive subsistence from him; and hence he who did so was bound to look after his host’s interests (Ezra 4:14).
- The Arabic word for “salt” and for a “compact” or “treaty” is the same.
- Salt is emblematic of loyalty and friendship.
- I wonder also if the salt reference has to do with the gospel we present…are we presenting the gospel in its full “saltiness” or are we only throwing in a pinch because we are fearful or so watered down ourselves?
Lastly, I love the version of the verse in the video…Mmm, I wanna be salty, but even more I want to BRING out the GOD-FLAVORS of this earth. I want to ooze with joy and give the world a taste of this God that loves big…I want to bring out these God-flavors in others. To empower, equip, and enable all those around me to live the ABUNDANT life in Christ.
But, how can we do that if we’re not salty ourselves?
Are you salty? What are you doing to stay salty? Are you spreading your saltiness? What do you think God-flavors are? Thoughts?
“I miss you. I thought of you on your birthday. November 15, 1985. I thought of you again with the snowy roads and the car accidents and the anniversary of your car accident coming up. I like the earlier memories better. Memories of chocolate malts, going bowling every day in the summer, biking all around town, babysitting, making a business out of selling green mints, chatting about boys, bffs, writing notes, sleepovers, camping out on the trampoline, making a trampoline dance to “My Father’s House,” going to Indiana for tennis camp, painting dozens of little houses, and just being with you. I wish you were here so that I could share life with you. I miss you.”
p.s. To all of you who are here, please drive safe with the slippery roads and pretty snow.
“it took a while, but i finally realized that it’s not a large amount of influence that matters. it’s the right kind of influence.”
Full post here.
I’m not capable of having thousands of super deep, close relationships. I couldn’t find the time in the day even if I wanted to. The stats on this blog may have gone up since I started, but even so my sphere of influence is still quite small. I’m perfectly okay with that. I desire to positively effect, challenge, support, encourage, help and all those other verbs to those within my “small” sphere of influence well rather than focus on expansion. Kind of goes back to the whole if you do well with a little then more will be given. So, there you have it. My thoughts before I FINALLY get my own, real internet connection! 🙂 Enjoy the long weekend!!
I have searched high and low since December to find a pair of jeans that fit well. I finally found them!!! Due to various circumstances, I lost some weight and none of my other jeans fit quite right. The jeans either were annoyingly big in the waist or they were too tight in areas or too short (I shrink things…) or a bit old that they had awkward holes. I also found amazing black pants that fit me this last week too. There’s just something amazing about wearing a pair of pants that fits, is comfortable, and makes you feel good.
The same can be true about relationships. I know this is a stretch, but I think the analogy between pants and relationships is interesting 🙂
I have some pants that I wear occasionally, some that I shouldn’t wear, some that I wear all the time, some that I want to wear more often–either too dressy or just not enough other clothes to go with them, some old pairs that I still love, some old pairs that I love, but don’t really work anymore, some that are too comfortable, some that make me want to change, some that change me, ect.
Even my relationship with God has changed throughout the years through some of the different stages. When I was younger, I definitely didn’t want anything to do with that “pair of pants.” When I first became a Christian, I felt extremely awkward and unsure of myself in those dressy pants. At times, I have become too complacent and comfortable in my relationship with God. Other times, the “pants” have been really hard to wear and uncomfortable because I went through a period of change.
A final clarifying thought:
The different types of pants/relationships add variety and freshness to my life. I need dressy pants, skinny jeans, comfy sweatpants just like I need the differing relationships in my life. Not everyone can be a comfortable pair of sweatpants for me, otherwise how am I ever going to get a job! 😉
Biblical Reference to look up: 1 Corinthians 12