How salty are you?

A strange question posed in the notes of my New International Version (NIV) Bible.

Taken out of context one might wonder if they would actually want to be salty. Perhaps because of the flavor of food that’s too salty, or what salt can do to our health.

When I think about the image of being salty I see a sailor man… one who is loaded with the sea in his veins (you know the song, right? Jimmy Buffett, Son of a Sailor…). A crusty old fellow full of wisdom, the ocean and love… he’s in love with where he is in life and perfectly content.

Jesus talking it up in the Bible… “Salt is good, but if it looses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear let him hear.”Luke 14:34-35

The NIV notes expound… “Salt can loose its flavor, when it gets wet and then dries, nothing is left but a tasteless residue… Just as salt flavors and preserves food, we are to preserve the good in the world, help keep it from spoiling, and bring new flavor to life. How salty are you?

Like the salty sailor man, who’s life is centered on his passion, the ocean, I have to think and remind myself that while it’s good for me to be passionate about the stuff God has placed in my heart… running, reading and writing, the outdoors, music, my family and friends, and the earth… and that I should also do my best to stay centered on Him… and stay salty!

What has God put in your heart that you’re passionate about?