I’ve never thought of myself as a gourmet chef, but when I need to I can prepare a decent meal. I also know that if you add too much of one ingredient and not enough of another, a recipe can be ruined.
When Peter wrote his second letter, his advice was to never add-a-vice to your life. Instead he advised people to add the right ingredients to their faith. He said a compliment of “good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love” is a good recipe for life (I Peter 2:5-11).
I encourage you to devise a plan that can de-vice you of your vices, and I advise you to add-a-vise of strength to your faith. When you add a cup of good character, and stir in some spiritual understanding, you might begin to smell the aroma of “passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love,” your life will have a sweet aroma that’s pleasing to God.
A recent article by Bourree Lam was posted to the Atlantic Journal. Lam’s article focused on the economics of buffets and asked the question: “If it costs more, does it taste better?”
To find the answer to the question, three researchers studied 139 diners at an all you can eat (AYCE) buffet:
- Location of the experiment: Italian AYCE buffet in New York
- Time Period: Two weeks
- Criteria: Some of the139 participants were given a flier for an $8 buffet or a $4 buffet with both buffets serving the same food.
- Results: People who ate from the $8 buffet rated the pizza 11% tastier than those who ate from the $4 buffet.
One of the authors of the study, David Just, said: “People set their expectation of taste partially based on the price—and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If I didn’t pay much it can’t be that good. Moreover, each slice is worse than the last. People really ended up regretting choosing the buffet when it was cheap.”
After reading this article, I wondered about the value of “cheap” faith compared to costly faith:
- Are Christians more satisfied, fulfilled, and happy, when their faith costs them something?
- Is this one reason Solomon wrote, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.”
- Is this the secret to the saints of Hebrews 11 who lived vigorous faith-filled lives?
As you prepare to say good-bye to 2014, and enter 2015, let me suggest a New Year’s Resolution: “I resolve to invest more in my life as a Christian, and I will do this by spending more time in prayer, reading my bible, and sharing my faith.”