Ingredients needed: bread, pesto, tomato, mozzarella, butter [optional: turkey, ham, etc.]
Step One: Butter one side of each piece of bread. [to prevent sticking to the pan]
Step Two: Spread pesto on the other side of each piece. [this gets a little messy: pesto on one side, butter on the other]
Step Three: Slice and add tomato to each sandwich.
Step Four: Add mozzarella cheese and close the sandwiches.
Step Five: Put on skillet, fry pan, George Foreman, etc. And when grilled, ENJOY.
I like to call this recipe "a better grilled cheese," because I don't think I will ever go back to the original. :]
Simple Truth: Today's simple truth comes from the sermon this morning, titled Love One Another. As a church, we are studying through the "one another" commands in the New Testament. I think this series is going to be good. Anyway, today's: love one another. Often we find it easy, even effortless, to love those one-anothers that are most like us and those that like us. But God's command (not merely a recommendation) to love one another is to love all people as He has loved them. It's not easy. It's not really supposed to be. We are all broken people who are self-absorbed, yet we are to be selfless and reach out, meeting other people's needs. You may wonder why this is so essential. [You may really wonder why it's important when it seems so impossible.] It's not about you or your personal spirituality or personal growth. It's not about the other person you are trying to love. Guess what, they would survive (probably) if you didn't love them the way you are supposed to. It's important because God's important. His glory, His name, His reputation is on the line when we choose to love or not love others. 1 John 4:12 says, "No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." It's all about the glory of God, and providing opportunity for it to shine through us by loving those one-anothers, each and every one.
[Well, maybe the message is simple, but the putting-into-action is not so simple. Try it this week. Find someone new to love. Find and meet a need in their life; not for your benefit, nor for theirs, but for the glory of and spread of God's great name.]
linking up with: