Let me start by saying thanks to those of you who’ve been following this blog, and welcome to the new followers. I am honored and humbled that anyone would want to read what I write, and trust that I pray very hard to write honestly and responsibly. I never want to misrepresent the Lord’s words or His teachings. I also want you, beloved warrior, to know that I’m praying for you. I may not know your specific needs, but God does. I pray that whatever I write comes straight from Him and meets you wherever you are in your journey.
I’ll be honest with you and share that usually after I post a blog I feel foolish. “Who cares anything about what I write anyway?” I say to myself. “Why do you spend so much time preparing a post when it doesn’t make any sort of impact? You don’t really think God wants you to do this, do you?” And then I pick up a couple new followers, and I remember that even if one person can relate, be helped or know that they’re not alone in the battle of life, it’s worth it. Also, even though I’m not sure exactly why the Lord would want me to write, I still feel compelled to do it! Topics and Bible verses continuously pop into my head until I surrender and say to God, “Ok, ok, I’ll write it down! Just please stop planting these thoughts and ideas in my head so I can catch up with them!”
After all, I’ve got enough on my plate to occupy my time and attention every waking moment it seems. Our house is for sale, so I’m constantly cleaning. I’ve got to prepare for the four classes I’ll be teaching this semester. My husband and my seven-year-old need and deserve my attention, and I want to give it to them. Then there are the everyday tasks – appointments, errands, laundry, cooking, etc. Oh yeah, and what about the things I want and need to do to stay sane – going to church, maintaining relationships/fellowshipping, and exercising.
I often wish I could just get rid of all of the boring but necessary chores and not have the precious time I have here on Earth be so filled with the mundane tasks of daily living. I want my time and energy to be devoted to God and not to what I consider to be the insignificant worldly busyness and activity. I mean, wouldn’t the Lord rather have me doing something more impactful than picking up the dry cleaning? Wouldn’t He rather have me going to Africa to help stop child trafficking, like my church’s former worship leader is doing? Wouldn’t my life bring greater glory to God if I was director of women’s ministry or serving in an orphanage in Russia? Shouldn’t I at least be taking in foster kids, volunteering in a homeless shelter or approaching strangers in public places to tell them the Good News about Jesus?
As I was talking to God about how little I feel my life touches others with His love, I opened up my Bible to Luke 14. Verses 34-35 read, ”Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear” (New International Version). Matthew 5:13 also says, “You are the salt of the earth”.
I readily admit that I’m a salt-aholic. I love the flavor of salt, and, as my husband will attest, I definitely put too much of the spice on just about everything. But there’s no such thing as a Christian being too “salty”. Followers of Jesus are called to be “salty” and to maintain their distinctive flavor in the world. In other words, we are not to blend into the world, but rather we are called to “affect others positively just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in food” (Zondervan, page 1537).
I understood that God was teaching me to see everything in my life, including the seemingly most every day encounters, as a ministry and as an opportunity to be salt. It’s challenging to maintain that salty flavor when immersed in the world’s big pot of bland and unappetizing fare. I must ask myself, am I distinct? Do I stand out as someone different in the world because of Christ’s light in my life? Am I salty at the grocery store? At work? At the dentist’s office? The gym? The parking lot at the mall? Or do I blend in with all of the other ingredients?
Lord, please forgive my complaining about my seemingly average life. Help me to remember I am called to be salt and to stand out as a Christian, that I may be a reflection of Your love and grace so that others are drawn to You.
Zondervan NIV Life Application Study Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. Print.