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Apple Pie: A Food for thought blog post

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Apples … or apple pie? Which would you prefer? If you’re like most people, the answer probably depends on time … and effort.  How much time are you willing to take? How much effort? If you’re in a hurry and don’t want to be bothered, the obvious choice would be to just grab an apple and go.

However, if you are really craving apple pie you may be willing to wait … and make the effort … either to go ahead and make the apple pie on your own … or at least make the effort to go to the store to buy a premade apple pie.  In that scenario, if someone were to offer you an apple as you were in the process of obtaining the pie you craved, it wouldn’t be very hard to turn them down now would it? You would know, in your heart of hearts, that a mere apple would not satisfy the craving and the taste you were after … so why settle for a substitute? If it’s something we really want … something we really crave and desire … we would most likely be willing to take whatever amount of time it took … and make whatever amount of effort we needed to make … to get our true desire fulfilled.

Just as with the choice between apples and apple pie, I believe a lot of people (perhaps unknowingly) choose the apple … when God’s desire is for them to enjoy apple pie.  God’s plan for our lives is oftentimes not as simple as the “grab it and go apple.” John 10:10 says that Jesus wants to give us life … and life more abundantly.  In other words, He doesn’t just want to sustain us so that we are alive and don’t die (ie the apple).  He wants us to thrive … He wants us to enjoy our lives … He wants to give us more than we could ever imagine … He, in fact, wants better for us than we want for ourselves.

As our Creator, God knows exactly what is best for us, personally.  He knows exactly how much time and effort it will take on our part to come into alignment with His will for our lives.  He knows exactly where we are at … right now … and how much faith we will need to exercise to get to wherever He wants us to go … growing in His grace and getting to know Him more every day so that we learn to trust Him in all things … even when they may not make sense to us.

Think about apple pie again for a moment.  It has lots of ingredients … flour, shortening, and milk for the pie crust … flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter for a crumb topping … apples and brown sugar for the filling … lots of elements to give it that unmistakable sweetness of apple pie.  It is the same with our lives.  There are a lot of elements (ingredients, if you will) that make our lives give off a sweet  smelling aroma to the world around us (and to God).  Ingredients like love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness,  goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (as seen in Galatians 5).  Those ingredients get mixed into our lives as we live in relationship with God and as we yield to His Holy Spirit leading and guiding us in the choices we make every day.

The closer our relationship with God, the greater our potential to give off the aroma of Christ … the sweet smell the world needs … whether they realize it or not. Having that relationship is what transforms our desires … to live a life not just for ourselves … to sustain ourselves so that we don’t die (ie, the apple), but gives us the desire to honor and glorify God through our lives … so that whatever we do we choose to do in a way that draws other people to God … since they have smelled that aroma (ie, the apple pie) and they find (perhaps surprisingly) that they actually like the smell … so much so that they want to have that personal relationship with God themselves.

People who once settled for just a “grab and go apple” will come to desire apple pie … they will come to desire a life full of elements and ingredients that make their lives not only sweet smelling … but also completely satisfying … a life that satisfies their soul like nothing else ever could. 

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Passion: A Food for thought blog post (formerly called a Timeless Truths blog post)

girl with medalDo you have a secret passion? Something no one else knows about? Perhaps you enjoy photography and take pictures wherever you go … with the secret dream of having your pictures published in a world famous magazine.  Or maybe you like to paint and it’s no secret how talented you really are … but you don’t want to be famous … you just want your artwork to touch someone else’s heart when they see it … even if all they do is smile when they have been going through a season of depression.

In reality, your passion is something that you enjoy doing … really, more than that … something that you love to do … even if you never get paid … even if you never gain recognition for it … even if no one else on the planet could comprehend why you do it or why it is so important to you. Your passion … like you … is unique.

When Jesus was alive on earth, He had passion.  John 4:31-34 (NLT) relates the story, “… the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other.  Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.”

Nourishment … something that nourishes; something that fills; something that satisfies … that is what pursuing our God-given passion provides us with.  It will look different for every individual … but whatever you are passionate about … whatever you believe in deep down in your heart as important … whatever you know would make a positive impact on those around you … and would also bring honor and glory to God … that kind of passion is something you should pursue.  That kind of passion comes from your Creator. That kind of passion is invaluable … and important.

Regardless of what others or the world may say, when you follow the will of God in your own life … and when you finish whatever work He directs you to do … you will find the same type of nourishment for your soul that Jesus found. You will know you are fulfilling God’s purpose for you while living on this earth. You can then look forward to eternity where you will hear the one positive response that really matters when all is said and done.

Having a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior, having been led by the Holy Spirit in following God’s will for your life … once those two important priorities have been met … you will be able to look forward to the day when you stand before God … for you will be confident of His positive response to you, the response that says, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23 (NLT)


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