Hello, my name is Cole Hatchard, and I’m a recovering Subway addict. I used to eat Subway just about everyday. Somehow, I’m still not tired of it, but once I saw the dent it was making in my wallet I realized I needed to 'repent'.
But one of my favourite parts of Subway is getting cookies. I love their cookies to the ends of the earth. Their sandwiches are good too, but the thought of finishing the sandwich and moving on to my two cookies is one of the most exciting thoughts I have.
If you get cookies with your meal, they give you two. It’s always two. Sometimes I’d get two chocolate chip cookies, sometimes two white chip macadamia nut cookies, sometimes two double chocolate cookies. I liked to spice it up.
But I distinctly remember getting Subway with a friend of mine once. I made my sandwich, ordered my two chocolate chip cookies, then paid for my meal. Then I waited for my friend to finish, and witnessed one of the most life-changing events of my life. When the time came, he ordered two cookies: one chocolate chip and one double chocolate.
My whole world was rocked. I had never once considered getting two different kinds of cookies! I had been wasting my life! What joy had I been missing out on?? I had been living a life of darkness in my two-cookie-confined box.
Unfortunately, some of us are wrong in how we view God. Unfortunately, some of us are stuck in the ignorant box of the “same two cookies” rule.
I heard a quote once that still resonates with me, and I share it with people often because I believe it to be a defining thought in all of our lives.
"What comes to mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us."
We all have our own perceptions and ideas of who God is, what God’s like, what he likes and dislikes, etc. Even if you don’t believe in a god, you still identify certain adjectives with what he/she would be like if he/she existed.
Unfortunately, some of us are wrong in how we view God. Unfortunately, some of us are stuck in the ignorant box of the “same two cookies” rule. We’re yet to be revealed truly what God is like. I can tell you I was stuck there for a little while.
I lived much of my Christian life in fear of God. Not the fear that God calls us to have (i.e. “reverence”) but rather an actual terrified angst. Every action I did or did not do, I feared losing the love that I was supposed to have from God because I thought God was just this omnipotent angry judge that was waiting around the corner to catch me and toss me into hell forever. Or some evil game maker (a la The Hunger Games) who can choose what ways to torment me based on my actions and his desires.
What comes to mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us. So, if we call ourselves Christians, why doesn’t our God look like Jesus?
That’s similar, I think, to how much of the Jewish culture of the time of Jesus thought. They lived in constant worry, focused solely on their actions in order to please God. But Jesus did his best to mess that up. He told stories often, teaching on what the character of God truly is. He taught on what the Kingdom of God truly is, what God’s plans truly are. He broke these people from their “same two cookies” box. They were all stuck thinking that they could only get two of the same, but Jesus showed them that there is so much more than that. There’s a whole other world, a world of love!
What comes to mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us. So, if we call ourselves Christians, why doesn’t our God look like Jesus? Why doesn’t our God look like a God of love? I don’t think that everyone is caught in the same trap that I was, but I know some people are. We can say all we want that God is a God of love. We can sing as much as we want in church about it. But until we truly reconcile who Jesus is with the character of God, we’ll be stuck in that fear, that angst. Similarly, if you don’t believe in a God, don’t let false notions about God turn you away from Him. Especially if a person - believer or non-believer - doesn’t spend time in the Word of God, it’s difficult (arguably, almost impossible) to understand who God is. That’s one of His revelations to us about Him.
Look at Jesus. Look at what he teaches. Let him move you into the realm of getting two different kinds of cookies. Because, trust me, it’s a much more peaceful and fulfilling life.
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