How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103
It happened just like that. Oh, it must have been 30 or more years ago. I was a young buck in my middle thirties. Just like now…I liked ice cream…a lot. So, one day I was reading the latest Reader’s Digest. In it was an article about food and it happened to mention something. It said that if you would put your ice cream in the microwave for about ten seconds, it would taste better and creamier. Well, I said to myself, “If that will make my ice cream taste even better…sign me up.” So I tried it and guess what? It worked. The idea is that the microwave, which kinda works from the inside out, would melt the ice crystals in the ice cream thus making it more creamy. Boom. I was a new devotee. Just like that the way I enjoyed ice cream changed. It is kinda odd when you are at someone’s house and you ask them to “nuke” your ice cream but, trust me, it is worth it.
Not quite as far back, I was having lunch with a friend of mine. I explained to him when I woke up it seemed to take forever for me to really be awake. Now, granted, I wake up early…really early. It is not uncommon for me to crawl out of bed at 4.30 am so you might say, “Of course you’re still sleepy…go back to bed for goodness sake.” Well, that just wasn’t going to work. My body was sending me conflicting messages…it was done sleeping but I was still sleepy. Well, he made a suggestion. He said, “When you wake up and go to your man cave place, turn on every light in the room.” He said that would send a clear message to my brain…it is time to open those peepers and start living. Well, I tried it and boom…just like that…it worked. So, now, every morning I wake up, head to my man cave place, turn on all the lights, and start my day…with a cup of coffee, of course. Amazing…just like that.
Not quite as far back, but still, oh, six or seven years ago, I was watching television and it was a food program. I think it was the guy with spiky, blonde hair and the cool car. He goes around and finds all these awesome places to eat. Now that is a job I could get into. So this guy ended up in a hotdog place. The discussion soon turned to what do you put on a hotdog when you eat one. Well, this place thought putting ketchup on a hotdog was the same as the unpardonable sin and a class ten felony. The hotdog guy said, “The only thing you can put on your dog is mustard. You may put ketchup on your hotdog but we won’t.” Well, I had been a ketchup and mustard guy forever but I said “I need to try that…who knows?” So that very day I stopped putting ketchup on my hotdog and guess what? They were right and just like that I changed and put only mustard on my dogs. Period. None of that red stuff or that chopped up pickle stuff for that matter. Just like that my dog life changed.
Looking back I am amazed how three bits of information changed three areas of my life—just like that. And, for whatever reason, there was no going back. I was all in. Well, you know me, sometimes I like to think. I wondered, “How many other areas of my life could or would be changed if I had some information that would influence me? I think there might be a lot. And I have a feeling I know just the source of that needed information—the Bible. God’s Word is filled…from front to back…with truth and it covers so many important areas of life—much more important than hotdogs and ice cream. So I wonder what would happen if we took His Word at His Word and read it and applied it. What would happen? I think we would be impressed and amazed. And the best part, the writer of Psalms said, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
So, the word for today is “nuke” your ice cream and drop the ketchup on your hotdog. No, not really, it is bigger than that. Why not spend some time in the Book of all Books and take what you read and let it change your life. Who knows it might even make your ice cream taste better. One thing for sure is that you will quickly figure out that life just goes better when you learn and believe that “He’s got this.” Bro. Dewayne