The Good Things

// October 2 //

One of my many jobs is to work as a hostess at my favorite childhood restaurant. Not only is my job to seat guests as they walk in the door, or cash them out before they leave, but it is also my responsibility to cut slices of bread that come with select meals. I’m not talking just any bread here. I’m talking delicious baked breads like banana nut and pumpkin.

Well, when we cut the bread, to make slices even we cut both of the ends off of the loaf. Then into an even number of slices. Once that loaf is finished, we go on to the next loaf. Sooner than later, there is a small stockpile of the ends of loaves of breads… pumpkin, banana, cinnamon… What we do when we are finished is throw the end pieces away (heartbreaking, I know).

Today, as I was putting my imaginable baker skills to use, I asked my manager why we let something so good go to waste. She mentioned that she didn’t exactly understand it, but it was protocol so we had to. She, herself, had thought of using the ends of the pumpkin bread to add to hotcake mix and make pumpkin hotcakes (umm… YUM!). But we couldn’t.

In that moment, I realized what I would be blogging about today: Sometimes you have to throw away the good things. As sad as that may sound, it’s the truth.

While we generally want to keep a tight grasp on the good, sometimes we have to re-evaluate and see if that good is really from God and fitting to the will He has for us. For example you could be stretched out and volunteering in many ministries at your local Church. All departments need your help, and in no way, shape, or form, is it bad in any sense, but you find yourself getting too stretched out. Maybe there is only one area that you are called to put all of your energy in to serve.

It’s the difference between Good or God. Is what you are pursuing just good, or is it God too?

At the same time, let us not forget what we are told in the book of Galatians: “Let us not grow weary in doing good, but in due season we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6.9)

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