Are You Living A Pancake or Waffle Life?

 

Last Sunday at Bible study my friend made an analogy that totally rocked my world. We were discussing 1 Peter 2:12 which says:

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

While talking about what it means to “live such good lives” we started talking about the separation that happens so often between our church lives and work lives. We discussed how it is almost normal to have work friends who never interact with our church friends. Our work friends may know we are a Christian, but we still won’t combine these two areas of our lives. Maybe I am the only one who is guilty of this, but I doubt it.

My friend said something to the point of, “It’s like the difference between pancakes and waffles.” At the mention of food, my ears perked up and I asked him to explain what he meant. He said it like it was a common expression, but I had a hunger (pun intended) to learn more about this analogy. He said that with waffles you can decide what each little area of the waffle will contain. If you are in the mood for a little chocolate, but not too much then you can put chocolate chips in just a few of the squares while the others you can use butter, jelly, honey, syrup or anything else that excites you that morning. If you ordered a pancake and tried the same thing, you might just end up with a giant conglomeration of mixed flavors. Could you imagine a chocolate, strawberry jelly, butter, syrup and honey waffle, maybe with a little peanut butter too? Yeah, that’s pretty gross, even for me and I think peanut butter can cover a multitude of cooking sins.

I have heard many talks and sermons about compartmentalizing your life and how Christians should act the same at all times, so that the non-Christians in our lives can see the light of Jesus shine through us, but until Sunday I had never thought about it this way. Back in college we had a Belgian waffle bar and I always loved making a waffle with each 1/4th of the waffle with a slight variation. I never knew that I make my waffles like I live my life.

While living in Maryland I tried my hardest to keep my work life separate from my church life and actually got upset when the two merged. I didn’t want to have to justify my actions to either set of people. I was worried people would view me as a hypocrite. What I didn’t realize is that, like my pastor said this past Sunday, I am a hypocrite and I need to confess that. I am constantly saying what I should be doing according to scripture but I don’t always live that way.

What if we lived a pancake life, where no differences could be found?

What if we lived a pancake life according to the Bible?

How would your life be different?

How would other’s lives be different?

Lets all go out and make a conscious effort to live a pancake life with God as our center and see what difference it makes for us and those around us.

God, Weight Watchers and Satan

Most of you all know that through most of my life I have had a battle with being overweight. Five years ago I weight over 400 lbs and got the weight down to under 230 at one point, but since then I have gained close to 70 of it back. I think I finally figured out why.

Whenever people would ask me how I lost the weight, I would talk about how I started eating better and I started working out more. Notice a theme in that sentence, yeah I thought I did something special and I wanted people to know what I did.

For most of the time that the weight was coming off it was a constant battle with Satan to overcome my addiction to food. My phone’s background simply said “remember.” In my pocket, every day, was a piece of paper with 1 Peter 1:13-16 written on it to remind me of how I should be living with God in mind, not my old ways and yet when people asked me how I did it, I told them how I did it, not how God held my hand through the process.

13So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16

When it comes to food, I have slipped back into my old ways to satisfy my own desires, but no longer. I joined Weight Watchers the other day and with that program and my reliance on God to help me with temptation I am planning on getting to the best shape of my life before I move to Germany.