Growing New Friends

You can make bread without salt. But you won’t like it.

I have met people trying to reduce the amount of salt in their diet for various health reasons. On finding that bread contains significant amount of salt (~2% of the weight of flour) they try reducing even eliminating the salt. While salt does enhance the flavor of bread (Have you ever tried an unsalted cracker?), it also affects the fermentation process, limiting the yeast’s ability to multiply and the ability of the bread to hold the carbon dioxide the yeast produces essential for helping the bread to properly rise. Without a little yeast, bread remains flat, dense, and tasteless.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal BreadYou can also talk with friends without seasoning your conversation with the salt of life, Christ Jesus. You need not contort a conversation to include how your faith makes a difference in your life, but merely listen carefully and compassionately to your friend’s needs and cares. Imagine thoughtfully, if you were in their situation, what might you want to hear? Then, when the time is ripe, and the Spirit leads you, gently offer how Christ has enriched your life, adding flavor and texture to situations that others might deem unpalatable.

Walk wisely with outsiders, redeeming opportunities.
Always season your speech with grace and with salt,
so you may know how to properly answer everyone
— Colossians 4:5-6 (author’s translation)

I will have more to say about Colossians 4:2-6 on Sunday, November 8th, at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.