My family loves to tell the story of the brownies. I was maybe 12 at the time, don’t quite remember, but I got the notion that I wanted to make some brownies. We had a cookbook for kids, so I pulled that out and set to task. I got to the portion about the salt and began measuring out the 1/4 cup the recipe called for.
Read that last line again.
Yup, 1/4 of a cup of salt. Somehow I read “teaspoon” as “cup”. It seemed like a lot of salt to me, but I was just following directions. My sister came for a taste of the batter and immediately recognized my mistake. She tried to convince me to start over, but I was determined my brownies would turn out deliciously.
After dinner, my dad was quite eager to eat a brownie. He took a gigantic bite only to spit it right back out with a rather unpleasant face. Ever since that day, I’ve skipped the part about the salt entirely when baking.
In a more recent story, I was playing with new recipes for my crockpot. My husband and I were returning home from the gym, quite hungry, and were welcomed by the savory aroma of beef ready to be eaten. We grabbed our plates and sat down at the table, eager to partake of what was destined to be a new favorite meal.
Unfortunately, the flavor was there in scent only, and absent in taste. Our meal needed a bit more seasoning. The evident lack of salt resulted in a lack of enthusiasm as we disappointedly ate our food.
When used poorly, salt can be either overwhelming or underwhelming. However, when used in the right circumstances, and in appropriate amounts, salt can bring out the flavor in our food and make it really quite extraordinary.
We have a great responsibility, you and I, because the Bible says that as Christians, we are to be “the salt of the earth.” Our lives, when infused by the Holy Spirit, are intended to bring out the beauty of this world, leaving an impression of something rather extraordinary.
Did you know that the use of salt extends beyond flavor? It can be used as a preservative, a cleaning agent, a protectant against insects, even a conditioner. Salt has great value.
You have great value. God has placed within you meaning and purpose. He has infused you with a personality, a flavor, unique to you. When mixed with the skills He has gifted you, something quite lovely to behold is formed. No one else has these combinations but you. Ultimately, He has placed these things within you so that you can use your life to bring glory and honor to His Name. You have a very important role in building His Kingdom that no other person can fill.
You are salty. Stay connected to the One who brings you this saltiness and you will make a difference.
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.” (Matthew 5:13a; MSG)