Over here in California, there’s a Golden-State-only burger joint I love eating at pretty regularly.
One day, as I was standing in line, something to the side caught my eye. A guy sitting at a table, pulled a neatly stacked layer of lettuce, tomatoes and beef patty out of a wrapper and took a bite out of it, as if it was an actual burger.
“What the world?…” I wondered. “Where’s the bun?”
I’m sure he thought I was totally rude, but I couldn’t help staring.
The Bun Makes The Burger
I’m not so cool, so I went to search online and found the name of this non-carb special order: “The Protein Burger”. It has everything you’d think a burger would have. Except for the bun.
The bun’s pretty important in my humble opinion. Not only does the bun keep the whole thing together, it also holds the ketchup, mustard and pickles. The bun simply makes the burger taste good.
Renewal Makes The Faith Walk
Our faith walk can be like that bun-less burger.
A central part of working out our faith is allowing God to change us.
We want to taste the effect of faith in us.
We need to be renewed.
It’s a big word.
It’s the pivot between two actions we’re called to take —
“..put off your old self,…
so that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
and to put on the new self…”
Can you see the “Renewal Hamburger” in this passage?
The meat: renewed
The two slices of bun on each side: put off the old + put on the new
To be renewed — for faith to actually change us — these are the two movements we must continuously exercise. Two opposite motions.
We’re going to launch into Passion week before Easter, in a just few days. The words new and life are going to be peeking at us from lily floral arrangements, Easter eggs hunts, and choruses of Because He Lives.
How can we experience renewal — really see change in our lives?
We are going to be exploring this question at Faith Barista. We’ll be swapping stories of how we’re putting off the old — and putting on the new.
I’m looking forward to enjoying this Renewal Hamburger together, one bite at a time. With patty and bun intact.
How’s your hamburger of renewal?
Is God currently calling you to put off the old, put on the new, or a combo of both?
Calling Faith Baristas
*** BLOG WITH ME! JOIN ME NEXT WEEK, Thursday, 4/1 ***
Serve up your shot of faith by writing about: New Steps
1. Write 300-700 words about the topic of new steps.
2. Keep it real.
3. Share how it affects or influences your faith walk (relationship with God, others, or yourself).
Next week, I’ll have MckLinky up — which means you can type in the url of your blog post & we can all read your thoughts on new steps.
I’m looking forward to how we’ll encourage each other in our unique experiences. I know we’ll end up sharing new ways to keep faith hot & fresh!
Comment below and lemme know if you’re game!
A. Naw. I’ll read and comment.
B. Maybe. We’ll see.
C. Probably. I’ll try.
D. Plan to do it!
By keepin’ it real, we’re keeping our faith real.
p.s. For those who are waiting to hear about step two of how I’m kicking Yeah-But to the curb, I’ll have a story for you in just a few weeks. This personal shot of faith has been brewing for decades… so, I’m taking more time with this one.
This is an original post to Faith Barista, where Christian writer Bonnie Gray serves up shots of faith for everyday life.