Friday, January 11, 2008

Substitutions

Last night I made craisin white chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for life group. One person in our group needs to be on a low fat diet, so I was going to substitute applesauce for half the butter. But...we didn't have any applesauce, so I used low fat cream cheese instead. Then I didn't have any oatmeal, so I used crushed cornflakes. And the white chocolate chips? Gone, so I used butterscotch chips instead.

The cookies turned out ok, but nothing like the recipe I was trying to make. If I had thought about it (or realized it before the craisins were already in) I could have used dried cherries and chocolate chips...then it would have been cherry chocolate chip cheesecake cookies :)

It made me wonder--are there places in my life where I'm substituting something for Jesus?

Lord, search me and show me any places where I'm substituting something worldly in your place.

4 comments:

Lynn said...

This is a thought provoking post. Well done.

Jen said...

Once, I tried to make a recipe with low fat mayo that specifically siad, "Do not use low-fat mayo." Turned out gross. Apparently, it needed all th fat regular mayo offers...we need all that Jesus offers, too.

Cheryl said...

Cookies are sounding good about now. I have started "First Place" with our church and have not had cookies in two days! That was a very good post. A wonderful reminder. We surely need everything that Jesus has for us. Thanks - God Bless

JAN said...

I often think and pray about this. Modern day idolatry. We don't worship calves, but......
On a lighter note, I did laugh when I read about all your substitutions in the cookie recipe. :-)
It is so easy to just run to the "cupboard" and grab any old thing to meet a need instead of slowing down and meeting with Jesus.