How to Eat Popcorn

PopcornMy dad taught me how to eat popcorn.

I mean, there wasn’t exactly a lesson per se, but I realized as an adult that I had perfected the art of the grab-a-fistful-sweep-and-stuff motion. It’s quite efficient, really. I subsequently realized that it was less than dainty, so I have reformed my technique. (Unless it’s a dark movie theatre, then all bets are off!)

Popcorn is a wonderfully salty food. Have you ever tried to eat popcorn without a beverage nearby? It goes something like this, you eat a little. Then eat a little more. You’re good as long as you keep eating the popcorn. But eventually, you feel as if you’re dying of thirst, so you run for a glass of something refreshing to wash it down!

Here in Texas, we know Mexican food. One of the glorious aspects of a Mexican restaurant in Texas is the endless baskets of fresh chips and salsa they bring at the beginning of the meal. It has the same effect as the popcorn. You can eat the chips for a while. You can power on to more chips, but eventually, you’ll be driven to take a big satisfying gulp of your beverage of choice!

“Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” Colossians 4:5-6

I love these verses. They are practical and yet I feel like I can see a different facet each time I’ve studied them. They are extremely applicable in the way we interact via social media. Even though our social media “speech” isn’t usually audible, we do have a voice.  And that voice should communicate “with grace, as though seasoned with salt.”

For someone in ministry, using social media to reach others with their message, this  is imperative. So lean in.

It seems as though many people interpret seasoned with salt to mean “hard-hitting truth” or “harsh judgement”. But, let’s take a look at a time Jesus had a conversation that was full of grace and still salty. Maybe it’s ironic, maybe it’s intentional, but the conversation turned toward thirst, since they were at a well.

When Jesus dialogued with the woman at the well (John 4), he showed her grace. He intrigued her with His promise of an eternally satisfying water, living water. He told her of her own story. They discussed true worship and, finally, He revealed Himself as the Messiah.

He didn’t condemn her. He’s God. He had every right to! Yet, He didn’t.

Sadly, if there’s one thing I see in my news feeds every day, its condemnation. It breaks my heart.

Who are we to condemn when He doesn’t?

Now, about that salt

Salty conversation does not condemn. Salty conversation brings the listener back for more and more, until finally they seek to have their thirst quenched with the living water. Kinda like those glorious hot chips and salsa and kinda like a big bowl of popcorn.

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