“You have salt. Use it!”

I just finished watching (for the second time, and two days in a row) what has now been placed in my category of “favorite movies” — The Hundred-Foot Journey. I convinced Mike to watch it with me, after a somewhat brief interrogation about its plot, action scenes, and whether or not it had any science fiction elements in it. Although my answer to many of his questions was an overwhelming “NO,” I still was able to conjure up a few reasons as to why he would like to watch it and bait him into a Saturday at home matinee. We both really enjoyed it and even found ourselves liking the same parts. Our favorite scene was the Romeo and Juliet scene where Madame Mallory, played by Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren, stands perched at the window in a quick-witted banter with Papa (the leading character’s father). One of our favorite quotes from the scene comes from Papa (played by Om Puri): “If you have a spice use it. Don’t sprinkle it, spoon it in.” (Puri, Om, perf. The Hundred-Foot Journey. DreamWorks Pictures, 2014. DVD)

This scene left me inspired, which resulted in the “Reflection” below:

A pinch or a dash of salt is always called for in any sweet baking dessert. It’s said that it is the salt that balances the flavors and brings out the actual sweetness of the dish. Every good home cook or chef knows that upon near completion of their dish, they must taste it to determine whether “it needs more salt.” Salt has and will always be an important ingredient to any dish. However, it is not only important for you to know to USE salt, but you must also know when and how much to use! The timing at which you add the salt is just as important. Do you season prior to the cooking, do you just use it as a finishing salt, or is it to be added to the dry ingredients only? These are all questions that one must know when creating a flavorful dish. The quantity is just as important as the timing. Too much salt and it’s inedible, and too little salt leaves it too bland with room for someone to ask, “Can you please pass the salt?”

It is not surprising that God relates us to salt in Matthew 5:13 – “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless” (Matthew 5:13 NLT). Just as salt transforms a tasteless dish, God has created us to be the “salt of the earth” so that we might help to flavor, season, and preserve those around us, in an effort to transform our hearts and the world that we live in. Let God and His word be your recipe, your palate, when determining the quantity needed! A dash, a pinch, or even a spoonful of what you have in Christ given or transferred at the right time and under the right conditions can change someone’s life for the better!

The Hundred-Foot Journey. Dir. Lasse Hallström. Perf. Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Mi. DreamWorks Pictures, 2014

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