Just “Stick It”

Hi again ya’ll.  I thought you might like to see some photos and hear about my recent Mongolian cooking lesson. I have to start off with a quote from Mrs. Julia Childs, ” Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”   If you don’t  know by now, I am passionate about the country of Mongolia.  Not only am I learning the language but I have treasured some very special authentic Mongolian cooking lessons.  The photos and captions below are showcasing my very special lesson making the tasty treat Khuushuur (pronounced hor-shore). This was the very first authentic Mongolian food I tried.  Then we moved on to a version of potatoe salad called Niislel (pronounced neice-lill salad) which means capital salad. Just writing about it makes me hungry for some more. It contains potatoes, eggs, carrots, peas, chicken breast, chopped pickles and a few other tasty items.  All this is held together with mayonnaise. Apparently Hellman’s mayo is the closest thing here in the States to what they actually use in Mongolia.  My teacher asked me to bring some. So I grabbed a squeeze bottle and didn’t think any more about it.  While we were trying to mix all the ingredients together she noticed that they were just not sticking together very well.  So then she pulled out the good ole glass jar of Hellman’s ( this is what she always used)  and what do you know but there is a difference.  I don’t know about you but I have never heard that there can be a difference in the consistency or texture of mayo from squeeze bottle verses a glass jar.  So long after I got home and was looking over my recipes I was amazed again by that discovery.  Then I thought about being a Christian and how some of us are like the glass jar and yet others are like the squeeze bottle.  The bottle has to be squeezed and it’s contents are not as sticky, but then the glass jar has to be emptied out usually dipped out with a spoon.  The jar’s contents are more sticky.  The problem with the salad was that the ingredients were not sticking together properly, and we had to use more of the squeeze bottle mayo than the jar mayo.  So again I thought about it. Sticky means to cause to remain, to fasten, to attach, to set.  We the church are to remain and abide in the Lord Jesus Christ.  John 15:5 says, “I am the vine you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  You may ask what does this have to with mayo.  Well I think that we can be one of two types of Christians. First we can live a Christian life like the contents of a squeeze bottle.  It is easy to squeeze and empty out also the consistency is not very sticky or does not remain.  Secondly we can live a Christian life like the glass jar that has to be emptied out, one spoonful at a time.  It has a thicker consistency that lasts and remains.   I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be squeezed one time and then done.  What I desire to do for the Lord is to be like the glass jar, dipped out again and again.  I want my life to be used by Him more than once.  To do this we just need to remember to remain in Him.  To remain simply means, to continue, to stay, to dwell, to abide, endure and to last.  Let’s choose to remain in Jesus, so that we can stick it!

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