Am I the only one who has taken the salt shaker for granted? I mean did you ever stop to think about the source of those tiny grains of salt which put pizzazz in your food? Over the last few weeks, cities have been clamoring to find salt to prevent dangerous ice-covered roads. After hearing about millions of dollars spent on salt, I’m beginning to think I should invest in the stuff. And to think I have a couple of boxes in my pantry. I don’t even remember when I bought them. Watching the CBS news this morning, I was amazed to see a story about a salt mining company churning out tons of salt around the clock. This has been the best year ever for that company! Talk about the law of supply and demand!
If you look at the news or read the paper or check out the internet, you might come away with a complete sense of hopelessness. You hear about murders, abuse, hunger, political corruption, cheating on standardized tests, and the like. Sounds pretty bad, right? Definitely not a pretty picture. But wait! Don’t be discouraged! There’s good news! Jesus Christ is Lord and He says, in Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth.” That means you and I can make a difference in all of those situations I named earlier. You might ask, “What can I do?” Glad you asked.
Consider these steps:
1. Go to the source. Just as the miners had to go deep to find the salt, you and I are called to dig deeper. No more shallow mining. Tough times demand digging in the Word and spending time with the One who is our Source. We complain a lot but are we willing to spend time with the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We can’t do it on our own.
2. Determine what God is calling you to do. Is He calling you to teach a children’s class? To volunteer at a women’s shelter? To go out and feed the hungry? To write to your senator? To go back to school and get that degree? To start a business? To go on a mission’s trip? To write a book?
3. Take action. Once you know what to do, do it! It’s as simple as that. You’ve heard the expression: “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the call.” Believe me, I have days when I don’t think I can take this novel to completion. Yes, I get discouraged. But then I realize He called me and I fall down on my knees and give it to Him over and over again. I just finished one intense writing course and will start another next week. Oh, I forgot to tell you I taught language arts for 21 years. But that was not enough for me to write a book destined to impact the world. I had to come out of my comfort zone and face the reality that I needed help.
4. Ask others to hold you accountable. If you’re like me, you tend to get distracted. Find one or two people who will partner with you in “walking on water.” That’s what starting something new feels like. I joined a writers group four years ago and I owe any success I’ve had to taking that step. I also have two people who check on my progress weekly.
5. Remember your friends and have fun. As an introvert and writer, I can easily become a hermit. When I get out of balanced, as I have recently, I begin to struggle with insecurities. Know when to stop and smell the roses, call a friend, make dates. This week Willie and I went for a pedicure and had lunch together.
I am reminded that salt can lose its savor. Stay close to the Source. Rest when needed and take deep breaths. Good advice for us all. Today, I’m taking deep breaths, pausing for refreshment. Got to get ready to be poured out. I want to be a Morton’s girl. Take a look at your salt-box. Think about it. More than that, I’m thankful for being God’s girl!