Follow the Recipe: Salt and Light

Be Salty is our space to season our words with salt. It’s a place to bring flavor, color, and spice to the lives we live. A place to brag a little on the wonderful works of God right here in our plain ‘ole lives.  Today's guest post is from Micah Maddox. Micah's blog, Deeper Life Today, is one of my favorite places to go for some peace and quiet. She shares encouragement with depth and honesty and I am honored to share her post with you here today. 

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I knew after he tasted my cooking, he would love me even more than he did before. I was newly married and so excited to cook my first brisket for my handsome hubby.   I could not wait to impress him with my cooking skills. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my mom and now it was my turn to run the house, whip up a tasty dinner, and be the best wife ever.

I followed the recipe adding the seasonings and special ingredients. I placed my carefully chosen brisket in the oven. The aroma began to fill the house and my excitement was building. I prepared the table, tidied up the house and lit candles. The ambience was perfect. This was going to be the best dinner ever! I pranced around the kitchen with confident excitement.

The door squeaked as my man walked in and inhaled the amazing smell of my masterpiece. As we embraced, I imagined what his response would be when he experienced my brisket. Success was so close I could taste it.

The oven beeped. I carefully cut the tender brisket and placed it on the plate with fresh mashed potatoes, green beans and big glass of southern sweet tea.

I watched as my handsome hubby put his fork in the meat and took it to his mouth, as I waited with anticipation of his satisfaction. He bit into the specially prepared beef, and his response paralyzed me. He looked up from his plate with an interesting look on his face and said,

“Salty.”

“Salty? What do you mean?” I quickly took a bite. I was completely devastated.

As I had prepared the meat, I did follow the recipe, but it seemed like there was not quite enough salt. I dashed a little here and a little there. I like a strong flavor so I dashed a few extra dashes just in case. I wanted to make it good. I thought I knew best. This was supposed to be the best dinner ever. I completely ruined it. The outcome was so disappointing.

I often think I know what’s best for my life. I set the table, light the candle and make sure life looks and feels amazing. I follow the instructions that God has given, but then I add a little extra spice to my liking. The outcome is about as delicious as my salty brisket. Then I wonder what went wrong.

God has a perfect plan for each of us. He tells us to be salt and light and we should be. The problem comes when we add a little extra seasoning here and a little spice there. It’s too much. God didn’t instruct us to shine like that or to put off that type of flavor. Everything that God has for us to do is for His glory.

When I prepared the brisket I wanted my husband to think that I was an amazing cook, wife and woman. My satisfaction was built into how I would be received and praised for my efforts. When things did not work out like I imagined I felt defeated and like a failure.

When we focus on being great at what we do for our own gain and recognition the outcome is distasteful and defeats our best efforts. If our satisfaction is built into how we are received and praised by man, we will be constantly searching for acceptance and approval in all the wrong ways.

God has it under control and His light will shine through us if we submit to his guidance and purpose. When we get in the way, things do not go according to His master plan. We ruin it. We add too much of our own junk and destroy a perfectly good opportunity for God’s light to shine through us.

How can our lives be seasoned with salt and light?

  1. Rest in God’s will every single day.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. James 4:7-8

  1. Realize God will be faithful in what He has called you to.

Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. I Thessalonians 5:24

  1. Remember that our salt and light is for God’s glory, not yours and not mine.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Let’s let Jesus SHINE!

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