How I got here to get pleasure from raisins – Crosswalk the Devotional

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How I came to enjoy raisins
by Shawn McEvoy

Whoever loves his brother lives in the light and nothing in him makes him trip. – 1 John 2:10

The worst advertising slogan ever: "Two balls of raisins in Kellogg's raisin bran." Sheet. But apparently it worked for my mother, who bought the stuff, as if it was going out of fashion while she called delicious breakfast desserts like good luck charms and crunchberries "cardboard". So unfair. So I sat there and choked my raisin bran or even oatmeal cookies with raisins in it, always suffering the same terrible fate: the bran or the biscuit part was chewed and swallowed in front of the sticky chewy raisins, leaving me with a sip of nothing. almost as tasty goop.

I despised raisins. I thought about writing Kellogg & # 39; s and telling them that it was enough to retreat to a ball (nothing like getting to the bottom of the bowl and not finding flakes, just 10 little black things. Ew) .

Flash forward a quarter of a century. I have a problem similar to the raisin problem with people. In particular, I don't like to admit some Christians. No, I haven't eaten them, but sometimes I find it difficult to swallow. Ironically, part of the problem is my job! Here at Crosswalk we often get annoyed emails from other Christians who have the movie we reviewed, the way we said something, the ad we ran, or the author we posted on the website were not allowed to please. Criticism is fine, even justified; It's hard for me when it comes to "You call yourself a Christian?" or a "Have you ever read the Bible?" Punch in the intestine. Sometimes it feels like we Christians are more concerned with hammering the truth home, no matter how blunt it is, or against scolding (filling in the void), than really loving people and meeting needs . The obvious irony here, of course, is that when I look in the mirror, I find a lack of real love myself. Which is not where Christ wants one of us to be. Indeed, in Revelation 12:10, the title "Prosecutor of the Brothers" is given to our hostile Satan after his judgment. Do I really want to claim this monicker for myself?

What does that have to do with raisins? Well, I recently discovered that I kind of like the shrunk little things! I pack them for snacks and eat them with the kids. I like the nutritional value, the fiber, the chewability. What has changed? My tastes? No, the raisins? No, not the packaging, not the taste, not even my effort (I don't swallow them because they're good for me, I really like them). I realized that my perspective has changed. It didn't happen overnight, but when "Craisins" (dried cranberries) came on the market, I started enjoying all kinds of dried fruit. And the following struck me: I like cranberries, ergo I like dried cranberries. I like apricots, so I like dried apricots. I love grapes, so I obviously hate raisins? That didn't seem logical. Maybe it was time to try raisins again. Maybe I shouldn't even consider them raisins. Maybe I should just imagine them as "dried grapes"!

That may sound extremely silly … but it worked! I felt like I had come into the light. The texture was suddenly different. The way I enjoyed them changed … everything. And a fun new world of dining options has opened up to me again, simply thanks to a different way of looking at something.

1 John 1: 5-7 & 2: 7-11 talk about light, who it comes from, what it helps, and what it shows about us when we walk in it. Light changes the perspective. It reveals the true nature of hidden or dark things. It doesn't change them, but it can and does change how they appear, how they are perceived, and what details we notice. Today's verse says, "He who loves his brother lives in the light," and I think it also works in reverse: "Whoever lives in the light will love his brother." It will not be easy for me to see redeemed sinners – especially the angry ones – like Jesus, but it is clearly possible and necessary, and the raisin example was not about my efforts anyway – just to turn on a light.

Intersecting Faith and Life: Who has your goat Have you ever tried to see that person, group, or faceless internet personality in a different light, from a different perspective, or even as God sees them? Have you thought about how you could look different in a new light than others? Try to fill in these blanks yourself: "I like ____ (x) _____, so I even like __________ _____ (x) _____."

further reading

John 1: 4-11

Shawn McEvoy is the Director of Editorial for Salem Web Network and co-moderator of Video Movie Reviews from ChristianMovieReviews.com & CrosswalkMovies.com.

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