it's the inside that counts...

>> February 7, 2011

LaRae and her husband are missionaries in a Muslim country in West Africa, where they are developing a public health clinic to serve the medical needs of the people in their village. They live with occasional electricity and running water, and have a son who is 3 years old.

One morning we sat down to a yummy breakfast of cornbread. We all salivated to sink our teeth into the soft, warm moistness.

But when we took a bite, what a disappointment! The outside was tough and almost too hard to chew!

What? I make cornbread all the time. What went wrong? Then it hit me, I forgot the oil. We all had a good laugh.

But hey, I thought, being a Christian is like that too. We can "have it all together", look perfect on the outside, and have a good "fragrance"... But at the end of the day, if we don't have the oil of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we end up being tough and not so enjoyable for those who want to "taste" the realness of our connection with God.

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