Friday, June 16, 2017

Something New: Five Minute Friday (FMF) - Worth

I recently found a community of bloggers and link-up - Five Minute Friday - and I've enjoyed reading posts and finding new bloggers.  And so, I thought I would join by giving Five Minute Friday a try for myself.  The idea seems simple enough:  each Friday there is a new prompt and, according to the instructions, you "free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation" for exactly five minutes.  When the timer goes off, you're done.  Yes, there is a bit of new-blogger anxiety - not to mention, the whole forget perfect grammar and punctuation angst, but I'm going to give it a try.  All the details can be found here.  This week's prompt is Worth.

Timer is set.  Ready.  

Worth your salt.  I learned the meaning of this saying during Wednesday evening's service.  Roman soldiers were often paid with salt - and were happy for it.  If a soldier did not do his best, it could be said of him that "he was not worth his salt."  Interesting fact.  I remember that piece of trivia as well as much more from that message.  It was one of those that stick with you.  

Yes, another message about being salt and light.  We have probably heard more than a few sermons about one of Jesus' best analogies.  But this particular sermon went deeper.  We know we are to be light and salt.  No doubt, we genuinely want to be the light and salt this world desperately needs us to be - but, how?  How do we go about it?

Wednesday we learned some of the most common ways believers try to be salt - ways that I can identify with - but, honestly, are not that effective.

Time is up.  OK - well, that was much more challenging than I thought.  Definitely challenging.  I think I have about a half of a post there.  Perhaps I can finish those thoughts later.  But, for now, I am going to stick to the FMF and simply post what I have.

4 comments:

  1. Good post! I'm visiting here from Five Minute Friday! I find it a challenge too - trying to get all my thoughts coherently written in only 5 minutes! :) But it's worth it! :) I've recently joined back in after being absent from FMF since last fall. I enjoy the challenge!

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  2. Jennifer, I enjoyed this post. I don't think I knew that Roman soldiers were paid in salt. Wow, do I want to be "worth my salt" in God's kingdom. Not one who slides in with smoke on her proverbial white robes. May we flavor the lives of people around us with God's love and words of grace. Thank you for sharing this!

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  3. You've got me thinking about "worth your salt" and "being salt and light." Salt is a payment, and then it's also a flavoring and preservative.

    I hope you write more about what you learned. It's hard to write a lot in 5 minutes. May God use your words to be salt and light in this world.

    Your FMF Neighbor,
    Cheryl

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  4. Good thoughts. We just talked about being salt in Sunday School this week and about how salt can lose it's flavor and then it is no good to anyone. Good job.

    Isn't FMF fun? I've only been participating for a short time. I don't really consider myself a writer but I really enjoy this. Hope to see you again tomorrow.

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