“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” ~ Matthew 5:13
My little guy, up ‘til this point, has demonstrated himself to be a consistent eater, but not a greatly adventurous one. He likes to eat and can eat a lot, but trying new things doesn’t really appeal to him. He tolerates green vegetables, seems to enjoy the orange ones, eats meat while making a face, and overall the jury seems to still be out on fruit to date.
So today I decided to try something new with his green vegetables. On his more dramatic days, he’ll spit them out, but lately he’s been enduring them well enough to get them down. But I found something different while I was grocery shopping. Instead of just green beans or peas, I found an organic baby food that mixed the beans and peas together, and threw in a dash of mint to bring out the sweetness of the vegetables. Well, that sounded better than your average greenery to me, so I bought a couple of packages to see how my baby boy would do with this new mix.
Surprisingly enough, he gobbled them right up. Now, he wasn’t smiling and banging his fists on the highchair tray for more like he does with Cheerios, but he wasn’t frowning and carrying on, either. Apparently the inclusion of an herb like mint was just enough to make the food more interesting.
It made me think of today’s verses about being salt in the world. Salt gives things flavor – I know a lot of people that can’t sit down to a meal without a saltshaker nearby. And can you even imagine eating popcorn without it? Food is good, by many times salt makes it better. You even put salt into chocolate chip cookies, to give a contrasting flavor to the abounding sweetness.
To live as salt in the world tells me that we need to make sure we are out there, living in such a way that people are interested in what we bring to this life. This may mean getting out and getting involved, or it may mean using email to connect with and encourage people. There are so many ways to bring flavor to other people’s lives. We just need to make sure we’re seeking out such opportunities as often as we can.