Friday, July 08, 2016

Chocolate Chip Musing


How much would you pay for a bag of chocolate chips?  What is it worth to you?  Well, l I guess that would depend.  Can you get the chocolate chips cheaper somewhere else?  Can you even find them somewhere else? Do you even like chocolate chips?  Do you need them in the near future for dessert you are baking? 

Living overseas chocolate chips are like gold.  They are either hard to find or non-existent.  Most of the time, I bring the chocolate chips in my luggage.  This time, our luggage was full.   I also didn’t want to take the chance of them getting here as one big melted glob of chocolate.  Not to worry, I found this bag of chocolate chips at the grocery store. 


As you can see I paid way too much for my chocolate chips.  Then again it is a big bag of chocolate chips, and it was the last bag on the shelf.  Did I need those chocolate chips?  Yes, and no.  Technically the answer is no.  Chocolate chips are an extra, an extravagance, but buying those chocolate chips did help me bring a little sweetness to our family’s lives.   Over the next few months, this bag will continue to contribute to our dessert menu.  This time it was worth it.  This bag is making it easier for me to entertain plus what lady doesn’t need a little chocolate now and then.

As I was dealing with some insecurity issues this week, I am glad that God thought I was worth it.  He thought you were worth it too. He didn’t debate whether we cost too much or if he could get a better deal somewhere else.  From the outside, I wouldn’t have thought I was worth it.  I seem to get myself in one mess or another.   This last week, I was on the grouchy side way too much.  I am a sinner as are you.   But our worth isn’t about us, it is about the price he paid.  

In Romans 8:5, Paul tells us that while we were yet sinners, God demonstrated his love for us by sending Jesus to die for our sins.  Peter tells us that we “were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold … but with the precious blood of Christ.” (I Pet 2:181,19)   Jesus’ death was the price.  What love!  What grace! I am worth it not because of who I am but because of who HE is and what HE has done.  It is not about me.  It is about HIM.  For this I am thankful.  Otherwise if I was that bag of chocolate chips, I might be still sitting on that store shelf. 

So remember today that you are worth it.  Not matter where you are or what you have done, God demonstrated His love for you.  He wants to bring you salvation.  It is available to all who believe.  It is something I never want to take for granted.





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