Thought for the Week – 19 August

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My late mum’s cooking was always a little bit of a hit and a miss, and all of my family would agree that sometimes we were better off on the days she opened a can or prepared a processed meal of some type.

But generally, she got by – and as an adult I now appreciate the work that sometimes went into the meals she prepared.

However, the never to be forgotten day was the time she accidentally put salt into custard…can you imagine?

But of course, many foods taste much better with a little salt.

It doesn’t take much. In fact, when you are cooking, a recipe often calls for ‘a pinch of salt’. Just a pinch. But that little pinch of salt makes a big difference to the flavour.

Jesus once said to his disciples: ‘You are the salt of the Earth’ – Matthew 5: 13.

He used the example of this familiar household commodity to teach a profound spiritual lesson.

If we will show the love of Jesus in all that we do, we can be ‘the salt of the Earth’, just as He called us to be.

We can do this by improving the quality of life of those we meet each day, simply by showing love, care and kindness – even in the smallest of ways.

There is a lot of hatred and bitterness in our world today, but just a little pinch of goodness can go a long way to make things better.

Reverend Marion Kinnear, Auxiliary Minister, Nether Lochaber.