“Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt hath lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted again?”

I remember reading this Bible verse in college, not from the Bible but in a short story.  Of course, I’d heard it before, but the way it was used in that story was about the saddest thing I’d ever heard.  It was basically using it to ask, “Once you’ve become jaded, once life has lost its magic and become weighed down with baggage, how can you ever get that back again?”  At the time, I identified so much with that question.  When you are a person who feels like life has lost its savor–not in the sense of fun but rather in the sense of the much more primordial need of the world making sense, in the sense of being able to believe that everything is working toward the good, of innocence–to those people, this question can seem insurmountable.

How indeed?

What Jesus has to say about it, if you read on, is that all salt-less salt is good for is to be thrown out and trampled on.  It turns out he’s trying to warn us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  He actually wasn’t saying it as a lament about disenchantment with life but as an admonition against being an ineffective believer.  Nevertheless, if you are that salt-less salt, how do you get your savor back?  I think the answer is that He is the one who gives it.  This passage really impresses on me my total ineffectiveness at digging myself out of the hole I’m in or ever making myself better because I’m constantly operating at a loss.

Whether you struggle with the ongoing, pervasive feeling that life has lost its savor or you just have your moments where you feel disheartened, drained or flat, perhaps you could use a bit of inspiration and encouragement to be more effective as a believer, as a homeschooler, as a mother, or in whatever situation you find yourself.  This is where I collect reflections that I hope you’ll find meaningful.

Are You Living Your Dream?


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