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Are You Seasoned?

The other day, my house was unusually quiet. As you know, that is a rare event in a bustling homeschool household! With Grandma graciously hosting everyone at her house, I found myself with a moment to tackle the endless tasks awaiting me. There was no end to the things I should do at home, so I got busy.

Because I had uninterrupted thoughts while doing tasks that required no concentration, I started thinking about my good old reliable cast iron skillet. I know what you’re thinking – not the most riveting topic, right? But bear with me.

My thoughts wandered back to when I got my favorite skillet. I was replacing my non-stick pan because the protective coating was chipping off into our food. (GROSS!) Turning to the internet for guidance, I delved into the world of cast iron care, learning that true seasoning takes time – sometimes years.
I already had one that was so well-seasoned that it worked as well as any non-stick pan. This new pan was not the same yet, though.

Fast forward a decade, and my skillet still hasn’t quite attained the coveted non-stick status of its predecessor. Yet, it’s significantly improved. Food no longer stubbornly clings to its surface, and I’ve diligently nurtured its seasoning with each use.

In a surprising turn, this mundane kitchen tool became a metaphor for my spiritual journey. It’s amazing where our ideas can flow when we’re uninterrupted, isn’t it?

Here is what I learned:

1. I am a useful vessel for God’s kingdom. Life-sustaining activities are happening when I allow myself to be used. Who doesn’t experience joy when they eat good ‘old-fashioned fried chicken?

The clean-up is hard before there is a good seasoning on the skillet. Things stick to it, and it’s hard to wash off even after it has been soaking for a while…

2. Before I develop a good “seasoning”, the enemy can stick a lot of junk on me and it can take a long time for me to be free from it.

3. I can become well-seasoned and handle challenges better as I mature in my faith! I don’t have to allow the circumstances to get the better of me. I can keep focused and let the things that used to get me down just slide off of me!

I know this is a funny little analogy, but that is how my mind works! So, as you tackle the tasks of homeschooling and daily life, remember that you’re not just shaping young minds but also seasoning yourself for God’s greater purpose.

Be blessed today~

2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  James 1:2-4 

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