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A meditation before you start the week.

April 17th, 2011 No Comments

You are the “salt” of the earth.

Be an “illuminating light.”

This message from the New Testament is a little cryptic so I will break it down for you as it was done for me today.

First of all I want to clarify again the reason I post the teachings from Pastor Chris Seay and others at Ecclesia.  My goal is not to force Christianity down your throat or push you to God unwillingly.  I believe these tenets are fundamental for anyone with a good heart.  When we get to wrapped up in work, family, friends, and stress, sometimes it’s just nice to hear something simple and positive to latch on to.

Today, Chris taught Matthew 5:13-16 in which Jesus offers us this idea that we are the salt of the earth.  We hear that phrase all the time, but Chris reminds us that salt is what people put on meat to keep it from putrefying.  Today, as the world spins out of control, we are the salt to keep the earth from spoiling, to protect each other, to share our love unconditionally.

In that vein, we can be a light that shines and spreads positive energy for others.  Chris pointed out: “It’s so easy for us to fall into the economy of the world.  I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine. I’ll do for you what you do for me.”  Instead we should help, give, extend ourselves to others with gladness and without expectations.  Be a good person, shine your light on others because you genuinely want to.

I believe we all want to be kind and generous.  It’s in our hearts, but sometimes it gets lost in our head and actions.

And most importantly, do the same for yourself.  You work hard.  You’re deserving of grace…and a sweet treat :)

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