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  • Cindy Shomo North


I Thessalonians 4:7-12

Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. (1 Thess. 4:10b-lla).

The senses of taste and smell combine to give humans an incredible sensation with foods. There is something unique that happens when herbs and spices are combined with foods in a prescribed manner. Allowing the flavors to saturate for a longer period adds even more intensity. Our family enjoys certain stew and soup recipes that we find to be better when they have been prepared at least 24 hours before eating them.

Living passionately for Christ does not necessarily mean we are in the forefront or impulsively speaking out whenever possible. There is a connection between quietness and waiting: "It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord" (Lamentations 3:26).

When we wait quietly, we will have time to take in all that God wants us to see, hear, and feel, including the value in understanding a perspective different from our own. When we wait quietly, we are recognizing our own humility before God and others. There will be time for love to grow. The flavors of our lives will then be an aroma that draws others to feast on the incredible recipe only God can create.

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