Hook ’em with a Quote

“You are the world’s seasoning, to make it tolerable. If you lose your flavor, what will happen to the world?” ~ Matthew 5:13

I’m a quote person. I could probably rattle off more quotes than I will ever need in one lifetime. I’ve even been accused, on several occasions, of sounding like a fortune cookie. It happens….

Through a lifetime of being oddly attracted to quotes, none had ever impacted me quite the way this quote had, so when it came time to do today’s Writing 101 assignment, ‘Hook em with a Quote,’ there was none better to use than the one that had spoken to me the loudest.

“You are the world’s seasoning, to make it tolerable. If you lose your flavor, what will happen to the world?” ~Matthew 5:13

I can assure you, it coming from the Bible was NOT in it’s own favor. At least not at the time. I had read it for the first time as a teenager. I can almost guarantee it was during the time that some adult thought forcing me to read the Bible would encourage me to be more like Jesus. It in fact, simply fueled my fire to become more questioning about the whole “God thing.”

I had been born into the Christian religion, taking it in good faith of innocence, believing whatever I was told. I also believed in Santa and the tooth fairy and unicorns… I rest my case. Eventually there comes a time where you need to believe something because you believe it, not because others have told you to believe it. I’m  guessing that this had been my time.

For any pastors or influential people of the church or even plain old people that may come upon this post, when you are met with an “argumentative” person questioning your religion, do not ever think they are trying to weaken your faith, because 99% of the time, they are simply trying to strengthen their own. Just answer honestly, openly, and as in depth as you can.

Unfortunately, the pastor I approached with my line of questioning took it as an attack on his religion. He answered me in a round about way which resulted in no true answer at all. After two questions I shook my head and walked away, even more certain that the whole thing was bullshit. And in retrospect, it was probably this same pastor who told whatever adult it was to force me to read the Bible and rid me of my “Satan” ways.

Regardless, there I sat reading this dreadfully boring book. I could hardly even get through an hour of history class. This was like reading about history’s history…. snoooooze…. But I read.. and read some more. Eventually I came upon that single line and it hit me like a punch in the gut.

As I said I was a teenager, and as many teenagers go, I was not really very well self-identified. I hated my nose and I hated my speech impediment. I hated my white skin that never tanned and the freckles on my cheeks. I hated my reddish hair and I hated my short legs.

If I was taller and tanner and blonder. If I was funnier and smarter and more creative. If I was anybody, but who I was, then I’d be “happy.” I just felt like I’d be a so much better me, if I was somebody else.

“You are the world’s seasoning, to make it tolerable. If you lose your flavor, what will happen to the world?” ~Matthew 5:13

My mom had told me similar things throughout my life. She had shared the same message in different words. But every mom has to say that stuff to their child. Right? Sometimes you just need to hear it from someone else, and when I did it hit home, hard. I was created uniquely for a reason, and my uniqueness was part of making the world what it is, beautiful. It didn’t matter to me if God had said it, or Matthew… whatever. It just mattered that I believed it, and I did.

As a kid I had often imagined the world if we were all the same. Same eyes, same hair, same laugh, same thoughts, same, same, same. It was the most horrific thought I had ever imagined as a child. How tragically boring would that be?! I knew the significance of the difference in others and I saw every difference for the beauty that it was. But, it wasn’t until reading that line that I saw that I was also part of that equation and that maybe it wouldn’t be so great being somebody else after all.

Of course, I didn’t instantly love my nose, or my speech impediment. Didn’t even love that white freckled skin or reddish hair. But, I didn’t hate it so much anymore either. And after that, reading that lame old Bible wasn’t as lame anymore either. Maybe there was actually some decent stuff in there after all.

Through the years I’ve grown into my nose and skin and hair. I’ve grown in my faith. But, I’ll never grow out of the impact of that quote. So, when Writing 101 said to ‘Hook em with a quote’ there was none better than the quote that had hooked me….

With that, I’ll let you traverse back into your Monday of woahs. It’s a toughy out there for a lot of us coming off of a long Christmas break. But, we got this. With a coffee in hand and a smile on my face, I wish each of you uniquely beautiful creatures a magnificent Monday!

 

 

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  1. I like that quote myself!

    🙂

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