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Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and with it thoughts of Turkey, all the fixings, and the sweet memories…Several years ago we were preparing Thanksgiving Dinner at my Aunt’s house. My Grandfather had fried a couple of turkeys and had asked my Dad to roast one. Daddy didn’t put anything on the skin to make it brown. As we got ready to carve all the birds my little cousin remarked that Dad’s turkey looked gross. As Dad started carving the birds my cousin started nibbling Dad’s and saying that it looked gross but was actually really good.
Many of us do something to their turkey before roasting it for the big dinner.
Some may stuff it, inject it with herb butter, or rub herbs on the skin. In our house we NEVER eat a plain turkey. We season it with various herbs and even inject the meat with flavored butter…
The outside of the bird may look nice but that isn’t what’s important, is it? Does the Turkey taste good? Is it moist or dry as the Sahara Desert? The same is true of our lives. Our outward appearance may look nice but that’s not what really matters in the scheme of things. It’s what’s in our hearts. Do we love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31)? Do we put God first in our lives or do we give His spot to something that will eventually fade away (Matthew 6:31-33)?
Something that I think is so easy to forget is that God doesn’t care about our outward appearance like we do. He cares and sees what’s on the inside (See 1 Samuel 16:7). We’re all made in the image of God and need to be treating our neighbors as such (Genesis 1:26-27)!
Just like our turkeys are better injected with seasoning so are our lives. By reading the ultimate recipe book—the Bible we’ll learn how to better season our lives with love, joy, mercy, and light.
Until next time,
P.S. This year we’ve got a little debate going on with our turkey. Bradley wants to inject the meat with a flavored butter and JoJo wants to massage some herb butter on the meat…she saw on T.V. where you could make some herb butter and massage it onto the bird between the skin and the meat. Should we pick one or do both? Let me know in the comments below!