Most of us struggle a bit with the truth: that being sweet isn't the same thing as being loving. They aren't interchangeable, but a lot of girls have a difficult time understanding that. They think that because they made someone feel better in a moment of sadness, they’re loving their neighbor as themselves. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with being sweet or trying to cheer someone up. It’s just that, as Christians, we’re called to do more than a surface-level clean up.
"Being sweet isn't the same thing as being loving."Tweet
I often find myself pulling away with a sweet word to a friend, right as I’m supposed to be engaging her. I offer her something nice–perhaps a compliment so she doesn’t dwell on whatever’s making her sad. But all this does is make me feel better, and make my friend feel more disconnected than ever.
"Jesus called us to be salt, not sugar."Tweet
We’re not just supposed to wipe away tears; we’re supposed to help solve the problem that caused them. We’re not just supposed to be nice to people. We’re supposed to invest in people. It’s great to be a sweet girl, but that can’t be the extent of how we live out the great commandment. Jesus called us to be salt, not sugar. Here are three practical ways you can be the salt in your community.
Sometimes it’s easier on us just to be sweet to people. Being sweet only requires a small bit of us to be able to help someone not feel so bad for a moment. But we are called to be truth-tellers, preservationists, and healers. The Kingdom of God requires every ounce of us. When we think on and meditate on the word of God and all that He’s done for us, we get the courage and the desire to go all in–to be the salt of the earth.
"You are the truth-tellers, healers, and preservationists of the earth."Tweet