I’m more of a night owl than an early bird and some of my best work happens after 8 p.m. And since I’ve always battled a bit of a sweet tooth this can lead to some late night snacking.
Last Thursday evening I finished building someone a set of clubs around 10:30 p.m. and decided to treat myself to something sweet before hitting the hay. So I poured myself a glass of milk and grabbed a box of graham crackers from the cupboard. As I was flipping on the Golf Channel I dipped my cracker into the milk and took a bite. Yuck! I spit it out in the sink and thought, “That tastes awful!”
I didn’t know if graham crackers ever expired so I checked the side of the box. It said: Best if used by 08/14. It should have said, “Best if used by someone with no taste buds.” Then I looked back at the front of the box. Aha! There’s the problem! In little green letters right beside the picture it said “low fat.” Dang it! My wife and I have had this discussion before. She likes to buy stuff “lite” or “fat free” and I like to buy the “regular” stuff and just ride an extra couple of miles on my bicycle to make up for it. To me “fat free” is “taste free” and anything “lite” just don’t taste “right.”
When I spat out that zero-taste graham cracker it made me think of a verse in the Bible where Jesus said he would also spit out people who just “don’t taste right” (Rev. 3:16).
These are the people who fall into the category of “Christian lite.” They go to church, say they believe in God and Jesus, but that head knowledge never gets down into their heart and results in a changed life.
Second Corinthians 13:5 says to “Examine yourself. See if your faith is making a difference in how you do life.”
I encourage you to live a life that puts a smile on God’s face and a good taste in Jesus’ mouth!
And Wendy … please, please, please quit buying those taste-free graham crackers.
• Brad Butler is a PGA golf pro who can be seen on Sunday mornings taking an extra lap on his bike before attending Mountain Park Community Church in Ahwatukee Foothills. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.