What’s your flavor? Tonight on Heart Talk, my weekly girl talk/empowerment hour, I asked the question, ‘Are you seasoning your life with your gift?’ Do you like the way your life tastes, or has been tasting?In Matthew 5, Jesus tells us that we are the salt of the earth and what good is salt that has no flavor. Salt without flavor is ONLY good enough to be trampled under your feet… Has life been trampling you? Have you been on the short end of the stick or feeling like there must be more to life than what you’ve been tasting?You have to season your life with your gift, on purpose. You must take the time to allow your gift to season the meals of life. Many of us wake up everyday miserable. We dread going to jobs that are unfulfilling and then come home to relationships that make us want to relocate to Timbuktu.I had to face the brutal reality that the dinners that I have been served and eating in my life are a product of my preparations as the chef. I have realized that my decisions seasoned the experiences that made my reality. The spices of my insecurities caused me to live a life below the standards that God created me to live on. I used to value the quality of my life by material and academic gains. I, like many others, have been through some trying times. Primarily caring for myself since I was 14 years old and, let’s just say I was bitter with life because of the bullying and forced independence that seemed to be thrust onto me. My salt, spice, marinade was poverty and pity and a lack of self worth. Because of this, I chose people and situations who complimented my demise versus facilitating my success.
And even after being on this beautiful journey of restoration, I’m riddled with the outcome of meals that I despise eating because they’ve been seasoned with spices from my past that I insisted on using, but never liked.
So why did I continue to eat from a plate served with items that weren’t tasty? My lack of self worth. Don’t get me wrong, we all must make sacrifices, but those sacrifices should never cause us to alter our entire being and compromise our morals. I’ve had foes in my circle seasoned as if they were my friends. I once believed that a degree or certification would make me more valuable; or if I could just own a home or get married, then I’ll feel fulfilled and accepted.
After achieving all of these things in life, I realized that it’s all about our unique flavor and how willing we are to be bold in that savor. I’m watching my children go through things that plagued me as a child
.If I’d be honest, they marinated in my mess of insecurities, lack of self worth and longing to be accepted, so I feel as if I did this to them. I served them from the same plate that was my nemesis. I’m now working on destroying that plate so that no more of my future generations will be plagued with the lack of flavor.
We often anticipate the fruit, the product of our labor, but how many of us take time to truly evaluate the seed. What is it made of? What environments does it best grow in? Often our hunger and desire to be fed causes us to plant seeds that we later have NO desire to harvest.
What is your flavor?
Are you willing to learn new techniques and adopt new skills to enhance your life? Or, are you so afraid of change that you’re not willing to try new recipes? Is it your budget? Would you season your life differently “if you could afford it?” We invest in many things but seldom do we invest in our personal, internal growth. I’m not talking about investing $$$. I’m talking about investing time, honesty, transparency and vulnerability into truly understanding who you are and why you do the things that you do. What is your flavor? What seasons have you cured your life with? Are you stewing in regrets or frying in fear?
What’s your flavor?
You were created with a purpose. It seems like one of the hardest things for people to do is truly understand how important being their AUTHENTIC self is to mankind as a whole. Imagine if Mother Teresa wanted to be Harriet Tubman. Though Harriet Tubman was PHENOMENAL woman, Mother Teresa wouldn’t have been able to make a difference the way she did because her focus would’ve been pulling her off course. You are the best person at being you, and besides, you can’t be anyone else because they’re all taken.
What’s your flavor? Every spice has a unique flavor. Those flavors often compliment each other and don’t have to forfeit uniqueness to make its presence known. Walk in your flavor. Season your life with your flavor.
Don’t downplay who you are and what you’re capable of. If your worth is tied up in materialism, and you’re only as good as your house, car, degree or relationship status, find some new seasonings to spice up your life. Trust God and the process. This IS YOUR YEAR and today is your day. Seize the moment with tenacity and don’t be afraid to pack on the spices.
Jesus commanded us to let our light shine. There’s nothing like a good tasty meal to brighten our lives. Many pay close attention to what goes into their mouth, but have no regard for the food they feed their mind, body and soul. Guard your Heart, eyes and ears. Choose life, choose honesty, choose acknowledgement, but whatever you do, choose to NO longer season your life with regret.
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