Spiritual Sundays: How Do We Become Like Salt?

Editor’s Note: The Power of Moms is a website for mothers of all religions (and for mothers who are not necessarily religious). Each Sunday, we post a spiritual essay, and we would love to gather a wide variety of perspectives and ideas.  Our goal is to be respectful of all beliefs while simultaneously offering opportunities to share meaningful, spiritual thoughts with one another.

 

Matthew 5:13 (From the New Testament)

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?  It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

Salt isn’t very tasty all by itself.  You’d never say, “Wow, that salt tastes incredible!”  However, when the salt is MISSING, you definitely notice.  Have you ever eaten a salt-less piece of bread?  One time I made barbecue chicken pizza calzones for a friend of mine who’d had a rough week.  After I dropped it off (and she oohed and ahhed over how great they looked), I realized that I had forgotten the salt.  My heart sank, and I called her on the phone and said, “Don’t eat it.  I forgot the salt!  I’m so, so sorry.  It’s going to taste horrible.”  She was very nice about it and said that was just fine, but I knew that leaving out just one teaspoon of salt had made the dinner pretty much inedible.  And it’s not the same if you just sprinkle salt on top.  It needs to be baked INTO the bread.

In many ways, the role of salt compares to the roles of mothers.  Mothers aren’t mothers by themselves.  They need someone TO mother.  Have you ever heard the saying, “I’d be a great wife and mother if it weren’t for my husband and children.”  That statement will elicit some laughs, but we all know that we need a family in order to have the full experience of motherhood.  Likewise, our families need us.  They might not notice how often we step in and influence their lives, but when a mother is missing, there is a definite void in the home.  And you can’t just “sprinkle” your mothering on at the end…rattling off a bunch of random instructions and statements of adoration.  Your mothering needs to be “baked in” to your child through countless quality interactions.

Another reason salt reminds me of mothers is because salt doesn’t call attention to itself, but it makes everything around it taste better.  Mothers are queens behind the scenes.  We do a lot of work that no one will ever notice, and we don’t ask for praise and attention, but because of our efforts, our families feel more loved, more secure, more important.  My job isn’t to become a superstar to the world.  My job is to be a light to support my family, so we can all receive the brightness of the Son.

Salt is essential.  It is in your blood, your sweat, and your tears.  No food storage supply is complete without several pounds of salt because we simply cannot survive without it.  Without mothers, the human race would not survive.  Bearing and rearing our children isn’t just something we do for fun.  It is absolutely essential to the continuation and health of the planet.

I like to think of my work as a wife and mother as sprinkling salt.  Sometimes I’ll do my daughter’s hair extra special for her awards ceremony (sprinkle, sprinkle), I’ll draw a heart on my husband’s lunch bag (sprinkle, sprinkle), or I’ll give my baby a little massage with scented lotion (sprinkle, sprinkle).  Then there are “dashes” of hugs after family prayer, of nice, clean laundry folded with love, of homemade pizza everyone adores….  These are the special things I contribute to my family.

All who are doing the will of the Lord are the salt of the earth, and to keep our savour, we need to stay close to Him.  He has the power to make our influence exactly what it needs to be….not too much, not too little, but just right.

QUESTION:  What have you done to be a more “salty” Mom?

CHALLENGE:  Do a little “sprinkling” and “dashing” today to add savor to your mothering.

 

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Comments

  1. Shawna says

    Submitted on 6-2-2010 at 09:24pm
    Thank you for unpacking the significance of that one word of scripture for all of us moms. Your insight not only helps me to feel important, it offers guidance as to what my priorities need to be. A little bit of mommy love, “sprinkled” in the right way, can make our family recipe delightful!

  2. says

    Submitted on 6-1-2010 at 04:30pm
    Thanks so much, Rebecca! That means a lot. And your contributions are such an asset to the site. We appreciate you!

  3. Rebecca Kohler says

    Submitted on 5-31-2010 at 01:43pm
    What great insight–and so beautifully put! From what I have observed about you through this website, I know your “savor” is recognized and appreciated well beyond the walls of your own home. Thanks!

  4. Tiffany says

    Submitted on 5-31-2010 at 08:32am
    Beautifully written. I will reconsider the ‘amount of salt’ I am sprinkling into my husband and children’s lives. Thank you.

  5. Amy Keawekane says

    Submitted on 11-19-2009 at 12:32am
    You are a beautiful writer. You truly have a gift for seeing beyond the basic scripture text and the often thankless tasks we as mothers do

  6. Emily says

    What a wonderful post! I love the imagery, and I may never think of salt the same way again. It gets pretty mundane and routine sometimes to do the behind-the-scenes stuff in the home, but from now on, I’m going to think of it as sprinkling salt and making a beautiful, healthy, happy place for my family to live, even if they only notice it is so when I don’t have something done! :)

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