I sat down this morning to make a list of things I need to do this week, and here’s what it looked like:
– Lunch with Amy
– Give Money for Grocery Gift cards: (Birth of Adelina)/ (Birth of Avalynn)
– Breakfast with Amber
– Bake Chicken Pot Pie for Cornwells (Birth of Selah)
– Write a Thank you note to Leisa for the delicious “Just because I know you need it” meal from last week.
There were some other cleaning related tasks on the list here and there, but can you spot the common theme? FOOD!
It seems to be a universal connector between people–“Something going on in your life? Let me bring you some food!” (That literally just happened to me last week–I was kind of overwhelmed and a sweet friend of mine stopped what she was doing to make dinner for my family that night–Can you say BLESSED?!?!)
I mean, really. We have food when babies are born, at casual get-to-gethers, when someone passes away, when couples marry, when we havent seen a friend in a while, when someone is happy, when someone is sad—You get the point 🙂
Even in Bible times, food was pretty important. Jesus fellow-shipped with food, meals were prepared in his honor, miracles revolved around feeding folks, and we see all through-out history that people have been united over food.
Not only can food connect us, it can also “dis-connect” us if we arent careful. I learned this the hard way a few years ago while my husband and I were living in Peru. There was a huge conference going on one week, and we had a few “Break-Out” sessions for the men and ladies. At one particular session, some of the pastors wives had decided to serve snacks to all of the women. As I walked in, I saw the small quantity of snacks available compared to the large group of women, and opted to “Pass” on snacks when they began to serve. Ohhhhh was that ever the wrong choice! What I thought to be a helpful, “sacrificial” thing actually ended up being a highly offensive gesture! Those sweet women thought I was “snubbing” their gift of food, and were deeply hurt at my not partaking of food with them. Obviously, I would have never intended for that to happen, but I learned an important lesson on food and culture that day. One that I wont soon forget!
There are countless organizations and missions devoted solely to providing food to the needy. Charities and shelters who’s focus is to never leave a person hungry; and agencies put in place to find ways to solve problems with: FOOD.
That lead me to a very simple and elementary thought.
If food is so important in everyone’s culture, I want to make it profitable to my ministry as a believer. If I can sit down with a friend over a plate of pancakes to encourage her about some major things going on in her life, then that plate of chocolate chip pancakes is far more than just a carb loaded meal. If I can meet a co-worker at a coffee-shop to go over Foundations (Life on Life discipleship) then that little cup of whatever makes a bigger impact than we could ever know, as it would be the starting place of her relationship with God. Maybe God wants to use my mediocre baking skills to encourage that person with a plate of cookies–just because they needed to know kindness that day.
We all love to eat (for myself, that’s an obvious fact) but I’d like to see myself do something more with this daily part of my own life; from being more grateful for the provisions in my life, to becoming more thoughtful about opportunities to use LIFE as an open door to serve others and lead them towards Christ.
Just for fun, try to think of a way you can use food as a ministry opportunity this upcoming week. It could be something as simple as meeting a friend for coffee, or as much as making a meal for someone who might just need it.
Here’s a quick and easy recipe to get your juices flowing:
Quick and Easy SCONES
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup cream
Fruit of your choice (Blueberries, Dried Cranberries, Be creative!)
-Heat oven to 375 degrees.
-In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix well. Cut in butter and shortening. In a separate bowl, combine cream with beaten egg then add to dry ingredients. Stir in fruit. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Roll dough out and cut into biscuit size rounds. Bake for 15 minutes or until brown.