The clever poster pictured here caught my eye one day as I walked with my students in the hallway of the school where I teach. As you can see, it is handmade. The student who designed the poster was working on a character formation project. There is a lot of wisdom in these few short words, and here is my take.
When my daughters were younger, I was “that” mom who really monitored their sugar intake. As long as I did the grocery shopping, our pantry was lined with Cheerios and other low-sugar cereals; you know, the “mom-tested brand.” Yes, that’s right. We consumed plain-old Cheerios, not even the Honey-Nut kind. Froot Loops were definitely a treat, and we always found them at a morning breakfast buffet in a hotel. To my daughters, they were the “hotel” cereal. At a hotel breakfast buffet, given a choice, they would certainly pass up the Cheerios and gravitate towards the Froot Loops.
In thinking of a spiritual paradigm, would you rather be like the world of Cheerios, or stand out as the unique Froot Loop? Each Cheerio essentially has the same shape, color, and size, and tastes the same. One could argue that each Froot Loop may taste differently depending on its color, but Froot Loops are definitely more visually appealing and colorful.
Matthew 5:13-16 is the scripture that directs us to be like salt and light. The essence of these verses is to stand out and not blend in and shine our lights. Many times when talking to my daughters about peer pressure, I would often remind them, “You can blend in or stand out.” Even though standing out or standing up for what is right is not easy, it is always a better option.
Also, the verse about salt directly states, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” What does this look like in a spiritual sense? Do we become negative or bitter when circumstances don’t go our way? Who would gravitate toward us? That individual would most probably be another negative person. Usually, negativity breeds negativity. To me, losing the savour is like losing joy that perhaps was there the day obedience was rendered to our Lord and Saviour.
I recently heard a speaker say, “Get out of the salt shaker!” Are we intentional about being light and salt to others? Some examples are:
- Paying acts of kindness to those we come in contact with: family, friends, coworkers, neighbors.
- Being quick to give God the honor and glory for something He did in our lives as we talk to others.
- Sharing our testimony with others.
When we do these things, we become the one Froot Loop in a world of Cheerios, the one who others want to be around and who is different. Therefore, as you go through this day, decide who you will be, the unique Froot Loop that others will recognize as different and appealing, or blend in with the rest of the world like the Cheerios.
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