By Debra Whittington
Train up a child in the way he should go…
In the 1960’s the toy market jumped on the bandwagon of young girls imitating their mothers with the Easy Bake oven. When I saw one in a store last week, memories transported me back in time. For those who never saw one, the Easy Bake oven came with tiny baking pans, thumb size cake mixes and baked with the heat of a light bulb inside the oven. My friends had one and while it intrigued me I felt I had something much better, baking with my mom.
She started by giving me a tart pan and a small ball of dough from the pies she was making. She taught me how to roll out the dough and put filling inside. One day, she gave me instructions to make my own dough and chocolate filling. While she supervised to make sure I wouldn’t burn myself, she kept silent as she watched. I gave my first chocolate pie to my dad and was so proud when he took it to work to show the other men. Years later, I asked Mom if he ate it or threw it out when he got to work. She shared how he related that he ate every bite. (I’m sure it wasn’t that tasty).
From those simple beginnings, I cooked and baked more with teaching from Mom, Grandma, and recipes. I had my share of failures over the years, but I kept learning and trying.
The Word of God is similar to a recipe. It contains many ingredients that come together to fill and satisfy us. The more we partake of it, the more we want it to fill us. It begins with the simple things that we understand as a new Christian. In 1 Peter 2:2 we are told to desire the milk of the Word so we can grow. We start with salvation and as we grow we are able to digest more of the Word and its doctrines.
It took many years before I attempted to cook my first Thanksgiving meal. Before each step I was on the phone asking Mom and Grandma what I needed to do. After numerous phone calls, the turkey was in the oven.
In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul told the Corinthians that they started out as carnal Christians, but eventually grew enough that he could feed them with the meat of the Word. We too need that teaching to grow, but at the same time we shouldn’t always take someone else’s teaching as our only source for learning. It is up to us to go to the Bible and read it for ourselves.
Finally, we need a balanced diet of God’s Word. I have favorite passages, but I grow by studying all of God’s Word in context. Start today partaking a balanced diet of God’s Word. It will help you grow into the person God wants you to be.
Debra Whittington is a long time resident of Tucumcari. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org