Grain of Salt… or a Salt Lick?

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How do you react to life, new information, or problems?

DEEP QUESTION right?

Who stops to think about how they weigh out what percentage they believe in something that they learn, hear, witness or be part of?  I waiver between taking “things” with a grain of salt to the extreme of taking “things” with a salt lick.

Some history because I got curious… where does that saying come from?

Wikipedia states that a grain of salt means to accept it but to maintain a degree of skeptism about its truth.  And that it goes back to 77 AD.  Food wasn’t always prepared to the USDA/USFDA standards… mainly because it was forever ago.  So salt was added to help food be “safer”.

My only interation/memory of an actual salt block was grocery shopping in the little town of Smithville, MO.  Weekly I would head to the store with my Mom and we would spend quality time at Big V. (V = Value)  I can clearly remember the entire layout of that little store and the faces that would greet me in my cute long pigtails. (mainly Ms. Velma) I can even remember where we would place the green 7-Up bottles for deposit.  We were “green” before green was something to strive for.

Anyway… I remember wandering off from my Mom while she was in the produce section.  I would be on my own.  Don’t panic… small town, late 70’s… early 80’s.  The employess always knew who was in the store because they really knew them.  I was allowed to wander.  And I admittedly would touch everything.  (sorry Mom)  In the baking aisle I took  my biggest liberties.  There on the bottom shelf on the left side was the biggest blocks of salt I had ever seen.  They probably weighed more than me.  (see picture below)

50 lbs of Moton’s salt.  Right at my pip-squeak level.  I didn’t know what they could even be used for but they intrigued me.  I can see myself back in that store right now.  I see this little girl with freckles looking up and down the empty aisle to see who was near.  And if the coast was clear, I would lick my finger and rub it on the block and then lick my finger again.  I KNOW THAT IS SOOO GROSS NOW and then.  But it was such a daring move for this type A, first born, rule follower.   (talk about full disclosure… I don’t even know if my Mom knows I did this regularly)

But when I think of how I react to life, problems or news I clearly see the difference between a fine grain of salt which is insigificant and an entire Morton’s 50 lb salt block.

I try to reframe things with a small grain of salt.  Or at least a salt shaker so that I can be adaptable, flexible and not continuously disappointed.

BUT those salt lick block moments happen.  50 lbs dropped out of no where and landing firmly on me with an incredible amount of power.  We all have to chip away at the block to get back to a grain.

This made me curious about the number of times salt is mentioned in the Bible.  In the King James Version it is mentioned 40 times.  Not an insignificant grain is it?

I find clarity in this verse and I hope it helps you measure out your reactions:

Let your converstaions be always full of grace, seasoned with salt so that you may know how to answer everyone.  Colossians 4:6 KJV.

I promise that it has been almost 30 years since my last salt tasting in Big-V.  🙂  And that I don’t do it now at Hy-vee!!

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About Kristin

I started this blog thing years ago in August 2011. I have made attempts to blog over the past three years of seminary, but it was like writing when drowning. But I have completed the bulk of my course work, so I know there is a God. I am currently in my capstone creation phase this fall. This allows me time to unravel a little and renew my passion for writing my ramblings. If you like what you read, share what it stirs in you or even share it with others. I write for you from me. A little about me... I have celebrated 16 years of wedded bliss and reality with my best friend for over 17 years. We have 3 wonderful kids that are all unique, amazing and different in their own way. Our first born is nearly a teenager. He loves talking, Scouts, reading, camping and science experiments. Our daughter is a decade old. She is our creative soul and a planner! She loves to spend time dancing, singing and nurturing/teaching her babydolls and us. She is very sweet to her brothers. Last but not least is our daring 6 year old red head boy. He broke the "Wooldridge Mold". He is the fastest runner, our busiest explorer, our deep philosopher and biggest joker, oh and he gives the best hugs. You know the long lingering kind that truly fuel your soul to sing. I have been a stay at home mom for nearly 13 years and I have found a groove that works for our family. (That grove doesn't mean I have it figured out. It just means I am good with asking for help and having my family help us survive.) Twelve years ago, I joined a local MOPS group and I have been the Coordinator for 1o years. This group has given me a chance to lead without working full time, support other women in my community and help refine my walk with God. I also attend Central Baptist Theological Seminary. I am pursuing a Masters of Divinity and loving every minute of it. I am currently working on my capstone project, which a ministry guide for the MOPS group I have lead for a decade. It will serve as a touchpoint for those in leadership and also as a sweet offering as my goodbye to meaningful work that touched every part of my life and taught me that I am called to pastor. My life isn't perfect as the paragraph above makes it seem. But I have traveled through those harder times and found strength and support through them. Hoping to use this blog as a spot to write my thoughts, feelings and stories as I keep on living life! God Bless you and keep you. We each need to remember the Divine is within each of us. Be kind to yourself and to others.

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