Matthew 5:13-16 New International Version
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.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Salt and light: The Bible tells us we should be both. Many churches follow the lectionary for their Scripture readings from week to week, and, most weeks, our church does, too. This week, the Gospel lesson was from the book of Matthew, chapter 5.
Super Bowl weekend provides plenty of possibilities for salty snacks. One of the Sunday School lessons suggested buying a bag of low-salt chips and another bag of the salt-laden variety and seeing which tastes the best.
Salt makes things taste good (if you don't have to worry about things like blood pressure and such). Back in the pioneer days, salt was used as a preservative. It played an important role in sustaining the people.
Prayers from The Water's Edge.
I also decided to follow his blog. Finnestad shared these observations this week: (Click on this link for the entire list and the blog post.)
- We look most like Jesus when we serve, give, and forgive. Doing these is a blessing to others and ourselves. Do these things.
- The world is made up of imperfect people so I am not going to expect perfection from anybody anymore. Excellence, yes. Perfection, no.
- We can’t change other people. I’m doing my best to change my reaction to people. Less judging and arguing. More loving and listening.
- I have so much to learn, and I need God.
I'd also encourage you to check out his chart called The Effects of Political Posting on Social Media and Friendship. He has that particular blog post marked as "humor." But it's the truth.