CREATION Health Devotionals
Monday, February 13, 2012
PLEASE PASS THE SALT
Salt is such a simple thing. It usually warrants little attention. It can be inexpensively purchased in any grocery store. In fact, we don’t give it much thought at all. Yet we miss it terribly if it’s not there.
Can you think of people who are that way – working unnoticed, selflessly serving others, never calling attention to themselves, yet we would miss them terribly if they weren’t there?
Nancy Ortberg writes in her book Looking for God, “Sometimes God calls us to do great things for him. Sometimes he calls us to get out of our comfort zones and do bold things in his name. But sometimes God just asks us to be salt. Salt, for most of us, is never the main focus, yet is conspicuous in its absence – especially by those who are touched by it.”
Many times simple acts of care and kind¬ness go unrecognized. An employee stays late to help out with the workload so her co-worker can get home to her kids. A single mom shares her grocery money with a friend whose car is broken down. A busy executive makes time to talk to a distraught co-worker whose teenage son is in trouble. Ordinary, everyday acts of kindness like these may go unnoticed, but they make all the difference in the world to those touched by them.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus called us to be the salt of the earth, to be faithful in the little, mundane and seemingly small cares of life. Our actions may seem to go unrecognized, but just like salt, without them the world would miss them terribly.
“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:13, 14)
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