Friday, July 27, 2012

Life Lessons: Poptarts, Twix Bars, and Peach Rings

Life can teach and remind you of the most ridiculous things with the most ridiculous things.  Today, he used Poptarts, Twix, and peach rings to bring out some really important points.


When you put a Poptart inside a toaster, there is one thing that it must inherently do; pop up once it’s ready.  It won’t come out until it’s the right time.  However, it’s not the Poptart that knows when it’s the right time, it’s the toaster.  

In our lives, God is the toaster; we are the Poptart.  He prepares us each for special purposes, but we can’t rush Him.  We don’t have any control over the when, where, how, and etcetera.   It’s not our timing; it’s His.  And because it is His timing, it is perfect.

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end--it will not lie.  If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. ~Habakkuk 2:3


Putting cookies, caramel, and milk chocolate together is a winning combination.  It’s also what makes up a Twix bar.  The equation adds up, three tasty foods put together make even tastier food.  That makes perfect sense in cooking, but not always in life.

Life is much different than a Twix bar.  Many times, there are un-enjoyable elements in it.  We may see the ingredients of our life and ask how the outcome can ever be good.  However, when there is bad in the equation, that does not mean that it is ruined.  God directs the outcome, not us; and the “bad” ingredients (namely stuff like broccoli and cauliflower) in the candy bar of life are there to grow us.  We may see the ingredients of our life and ask how the outcome can be good, but the key thing to remember is that God is in charge.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. ~Jeremiah 29:11

Peach Rings:

Peach rings are definitely an interesting thing.  They’re a sweet, chewy candy that’s coated in sugar.  However, the best thing about them is definitely the shape.  When your tongue envelopes this piece of candy, it finds that it is a perfect circle, presenting no end true “end” to it.  These aspects that compose peach rings also apply to a very much more abstract thing, God’s love.

First aspects first, God’s love is very sweet.  It just gives me a thrill to even begin thinking about it!  He sent His only Son to die on the cross for our sins.  This gesture itself demonstrates His great love; and although His death was very sad, it also was very sweet.  

Another shared aspect of peach rings and God’s love is chewiness.  This may sounds strange to say that God’s love is “chewy”, but what I mean by this is that it is very forgiving.  Chewy candies are extremely forgiving to the shape of one’s mouth.  They do not slice or crack like hard candies are prone to do.  

The last aspect that God’s love and peach rings share is the being of a perfect circle.  God’s love will never end.  Even if you mess up so bad that nobody else in the world will accept you, God will because his love is unending.

See what kind of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.  The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. ~1 John 3:1

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Alright With Okay

How many times have we heard, "it's alright, you did your best?"  How many times do we use that simple excuse to be complacent, to be alright with okay?

But what if we didn't try our best?  What if we didn't give it our all?  Is it then still fine to be happy with where we are?  Why do we strive so hard in somethings, but we exercise minimal effort with what truly matters?

Complacency leads to nowhere.  You stay where you are.  It's like running on a hamster wheel, exerting so much energy, yet not moving an inch.  Would this energy be better used elsewhere instead of feeding the nothingness of complacency?  Imagine if the hamster wheel was attached to a light bulb so that the energy exerted on the wheel could power it?  This would be so much more useful.  

Okay means average, but intertwined in average is the ability to be above-average.  And for this very reason, okay should not be okay.  No one should be alright with okay.  God gave us a purpose in life, and being alright with okay, is not alright.  Never.