What Happens If You Get Out of Your Saltshaker
When I was a kid my grandmother had a collection of salt and pepper shakers. I’m talking 100’s of salt and pepper shakers! She had all kinds of funky designs. It cracked me up, because I knew she would never be able to use all of that salt and pepper in her lifetime. She died, and now years later, her salt and pepper collection still sits in the cabinet with salt in it.

Do you think that salt does any good sitting inside those cute little saltshakers? NOPE! Cause no one tastes the salt. No one even sees the salt. It’s useless, because it never comes out of the shakers.

There’s a Bible verse where Jesus describes believers as salt. He says in Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth.” So if you’re a believer, that’s YOU.

You might be wondering why God said you are salt. It’s because salt adds flavor and salt is also a preservative. So when Jesus calls you salt, he’s saying that you are the flavor to the world around you, and you are the preservative that keeps things going.

BUT you can’t do that if you don’t get out of your saltshaker!

You might be like one of my grandmother’s saltshakers. Got a whole lot of salt inside of you but all people see is your shaker! Your shaker is on display but no one gets to tastes your salt, because you’re NOT shaking it out!

You want to make a difference in the world? Then, shake it out baby!

Oh, let me guess. You don’t think you can make a difference. I hear ya. But know what?

Even just a little bit of salt goes a long way.

You don’t need a whole tablespoon of salt for your plate of food do you? Goodness, NO! You don’t even need a teaspoon! All you need are a few sprinkles of salt to make a difference in your food. Just a tiny little shake changes the flavor.

And you…you don’t have to be this or that. You don’t have to be known or important. Big credentials, mucho influence, & lots experience are totally unnecessary.

You and the little bit you have to offer can make a big difference! A little salt goes a long, long way!

One of the biggest mistakes we can make is believing that we have nothing to shake out. That we’re not rich enough, smart enough, skilled enough, or spiritual enough. Hey, YOU’RE ENOUGH!

So don’t think that your tiny contribution to those around you doesn’t matter. Cause your SALT and even just a LITTLE BIT changes the flavor of everything around you.

When I was 17 I worked at a pizza joint. And the people I worked with cussed, drank, did drugs, had bad attitudes, and came into work late with hangovers.

When I first started working there, Guess what? They didn’t like me! Why? Because I was a different flavor. One girl asked me why I was so different. She wanted to know why I didn’t cuss and why I was so nice and respectful to everyone.

At this point, I had never said anything about Christ. But that didn’t mean I hadn’t gotten out of my saltshaker. She was tasting the flavor! And she wanted to know what it was!

Know what? After a while my coworkers decided they wanted to be flavor changers too. Some of them today, are in full time ministry. Salt changes things.

You are going to be placed in all kinds of environments that need God’s flavor.
• Work
• Home
• PTA Meetings
• Classes
• Community events
• Sports teams
• Stores
• And hey…even at red-lights ☺

You alone can change the atmosphere in a room.
You alone can make a difference at your workplace.
You alone can change the flavor in your home.

You can be the flavor changer. Now get out of your saltshaker and do your stuff!

Tell us some ways you have gotten out of your saltshaker. Comment below!


Why Saying “Stop Worrying!” Doesn’t Work & What To Do Instead
STOP WORRYING! 

Ever heard that phrase?

I’d like to smack each person who lets that sneak out of their mouth! Though they mean well, you cannot psych yourself out of worry. But let me tell you how you CAN wipe worry away. This technique really works!

I talked to a lady recently who was worried that she would never find “Mr. Right”. She convinced herself there were no more good men out there. And she thought if she did find one, he wouldn’t be interested in her. Way to sabotage yourself lady!

It took me a while, but I eventually convinced her that she needed to shift her focus from worrying toward something else. Know what? It worked. She hasn’t found “Mr. Right”, but she has stopped worrying. And she is no longer miserable. Mission accomplished!

Here’s what worrying did to that lady and what it does to YOU:

So with a list like that, why would anyone choose to worry? It’s because they don’t know what else to do. You can’t just stop worrying.  That is only the first step to wiping worry away. Most people stop there and that’s why they can’t stop worrying.

The second step is this: You have to replace worry with something else.

With what you say? Other thoughts. Here are some ideas:

  • Think about an activity that you really enjoy.
  • Distract yourself with a task.
  • Remind yourself “this” is temporary.
  • Think about God’s promises.
  • Say encouraging things to yourself like, “I am going to make it.”  “I will be ok in the end.”
  • Go over hope-filled scriptures in your head (“I can do all things through Christ because He strengthens me.” Phil 4:13)
  • Talk to someone else about their problems so your can get your mind off yours!
  • Sing a happy song.
  • Better yet, sing a Praise song!
  • Remember God’s peace is available, take it!

The best thought replacer of them all is to think about God. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”

You might be thinking, “Isn’t replacing my thoughts just a way of denying what is going on?” No, God is not asking us to live in a state of denial. He is asking us to live in a state of acceptance. Accepting his peace displaces your worry.

So stop your worrying by replacing the worry with other thoughts. And the more God-thoughts, the better! If you can do this, you really will STOP WORRYING!

What do you think? If this info has helped you, let us know. Share your experiences with worry. Leave your comments below!