13"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
14-16"Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. (Matthew 5)
SALT SEASONING: I cook with lots of herbs, and adding salt to these herbs makes the SPICE explode with taste. Spicy lives are a great picture of how we can be authentic & honest all balanced with mercy..
Activity: Make some simple foods and add various spices to each dish..talk about the variety in the tastes and the variety we can exhibit in being ourselves as we walk with our friend Jesus..
Activity: Think of the combo of being SPICED with the Armour of God displayed by our Individual personalities: 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6)
LIGHT DISPLAYING GOD-COLORS: My favorite job was at the lab school at my college..one summer water day, the toddlers, preschoolers and us teachers brought tubs of paint outside so the children could paint on paper. Lots of it fell on the concrete and mixed with the water. The children splashed their sweet little feet in it while we sang and danced to "Singin' In The Rain." The colors melded together causing beautiful rainbow-like effects. Reminded one teacher of the holiday Holi in India where the city in drenched in bright colors.
That is to be our life in this world..a love like fireworks..a creative assortment of coloring explosions..meeting others needs according to their individual love languages..
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