Don’t be salty. At least not too salty.
Colossians 4:5-6 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
And of course, don’t forget Matthew 5:13 “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 underfoot.
I grew up working in numerous kitchens, country clubs, food wagons, banquet hall venues, and even on my college campus. Know what’s cheaper than a meal plan in college? Working in the kitchen and getting your own free meal plan 🙂 That is a job worth working. I was a dish washer, a pastry chef, brownie maker extraordinaire, grill master, sandwich artist, deep frying, meat searing, food prepping machine. It helps when you’ve worked along side two very talented chefs you happen to be related to. Both my brother and sister went to school for culinary arts and they can cook. One thing my brother Amos is very particular about is the flavor profile of foods and nothing can ruin a flavor profile faster than salt.
Have you ever had something that was too salty? You might think for some people that’s not possible, but how about those times mom made you gargle with salt water to get over your sore throat? Gag, right?
While salt is a beautiful thing, if it’s the only ingredient and there is too much of it, it can be overwhelming. I love Paul for saying “let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt….” How often do we season our conversation with salt verses forcing a salt water gargle down some people’s throat? I know I’m guilty of it.
Do you remember not being a Christian ever and being super annoyed by the All-I-Talk-About-Is-Jesus people who were around you? Did it ever bother you? I’m all about Jesus, but back in the day, I found those people very annoying and they made me aggravated. It was the only thing they talked about. They were indeed too salty for my taste. The conversation that turned everything upside down for me was when my sister said “Hey here’s a book I read that changed my life, check it out,” and then she handed me The Blessed Life by Robert Morris. That was all I needed to hear. The book did the rest for me.
Not everyone needs to be inundated with Jesus Loves You pamphlets, some people just need a little conversation and encouragement. Others just need to know they are accepted. Some people want to have a conversation and actually feel like you’re listening to them and not just trying to get another notch on your ‘Souls Saved’ belt. That’s why Paul says “so that you may know how to answer everyone.” It will be different for everyone. Just like how much you season a tomato with salt might be different than a prime rib. Use your judgement. It’s okay to be salty just don’t be too salty.
Speaking of salt. What’s you’re favorite thing to put salt on? I use salt the most when making Beef Jerky…YUMMM!