Friday, September 19, 2014
"Somebody Like Me" by Jason Crabb - Don't Be a Vanilla Christian!
Are you a Vanilla Christian?
I heard the phrase "Vanilla Christian" on my way to work this morning. The speaker was referring to a plain, ordinary, run of the mill "Christian" - not too different than anyone else in the whole-wide world. That phrase caught my attention as I began to process it and think it through.
Now I am one of those gals that enjoys looking at cookbooks - yes, that is plural - cookbook"s"!!!! And, as I think back on so many of the recipes I have read, I realized that so many of the recipes call for that almost generic flavor of "vanilla". It is so common, so basic, so almost bland. Now, I like to change it up sometimes. I like to replace vanilla with "almond", "peppermint", "orange", or better yet . . . "cinnamon" (my all-time favorite!). I like to add a little "splash" - a little "pizzazz" - a little "zing"!!! Sometimes, not the ordinary but instead something a little different - a little daring - a little divine! . . . maybe even a little "Diana"!!!!! LOL!! I find this much more exciting than just plain old "vanilla".
In light of all of this . . . that phrase "Vanilla Christian" kept running through my head all day as I thought of the different recipes that called for just the basic vanilla . . . the basic Christian. Are we "just" basic Christians or are we called to be more than so basic and plain as vanilla? What - just what - would happen if we added a little "splash, pizzazz, a little zing" to our Vanilla Christianity? What if our excitement caught on to our co-worker, our neighbor, our friends our family? What if we showed God's abundant love, grace, and mercy in a "New Flavor" - in a little mint, orange, or cinnamon? What if we exchanged the "Ordinary Vanilla Christianity" for a more distinct and bolder flavor? A flavor that tells the world who we are and what our so called Christianity is all about. Maybe a "Cinnamon Christianity" that speaks clearly and distinctly to those we come in contact with. Or maybe an "Orange flavored Christian" that says "orange" you glad God loves you?! LOL!
Why don't you put on a "new" flavor and don't just be a plain old basic "Vanilla Christian". Make a statement - make a difference! Pick your own "special" favorite flavor and reach out to those around you. It could take "Somebody Just Like You" that is more than a "Vanilla Christian" to make something special happen in your own life and the lives of others. Somebody just like you and me that will do something different - go against the grain and make a difference!
I wonder who that somebody is that could make a difference in the world around us. Maybe that somebody is YOU! Get rid of the Vanilla Christianity and trade the ordinary for something extra-ordinary - something different, daring, and divine!!
Listen to this song, "Somebody Like Me" by Jason Crabb and let it challenge you to be that somebody!!