I was in my forties before I first sampled Tex-Mex cooking. Friends encouraged me to try jalapeño peppers, fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas, nachos, and everything else I now enjoy. I am also learning to like foods seasoned with curry, coriander, turmeric, saffron, and other Middle Eastern spices. Spices, herbs, and seasonings are what make recipes work. Recipes that are bland are not memorable and rarely enjoyed. It’s only when we add flavoring—even something as simple as salt and pepper—that foods become tasty. Life is a lot like spicy foods. My life and witness can be a fragrant or pungent aroma to others. It can be spicy in a good way as my example pricks the hearts of the lost with the gospel. But my life can also be spicy in a negative way. Just like too much spice in food becomes inedible, too much spicy “kick” in our lives and conduct can be offensive, hypocritical, and certainly ineffective in reaching others for Christ.
There are two ways I can model the spice of life. One is to make sure my words are respectful of others. My words shouldn’t be so spicy that they offend others with curtness, gossip, critical or judgmental attitude. Nor should my words demean others so that they are viewed less honorably or considerately. When my words diminish another’s character or reputation, or judge another’s motives, I have crossed the line and my words are no longer honoring to God. Rather, my words should be “seasoned with salt and full of grace” (Col. 4:6). I can be a shining light to others when my speech is kind, Spirit-led, full of godly wisdom and insight, encouraging, and beneficial to others.
In the same way, I can model the spice of life when I seek to build others up rather than tear them down. Satan constantly seeks for ways to discourage God’s people; I should seek for ways to encourage, hearten, and cheer others who have been beaten down by life’s hardships. Sharing stories of how God has answered prayers in my life is a way to gladden the hearts of others and increase their faith in an All-Powerful God. Instead of trampling others down with my words, I can inspire, uplift, and strengthen them as they walk through the valleys and tribulations all of us must face. As Biblical Women let’s follow David’s heart, “Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin” (Ps. 17:3). Additionally, let’s resolve to make sure that our words are the spice of life like the Psalmist declared, “Pleasant words are like the honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Prov. 16:24) and, may our words be “aptly spoken” which are like “apples of gold in settings of silver” (Prov. 25:11). In this way, we can be the spice of life to both fellow believers and those who don’t know Christ. Following these “spice of life” principles will enable us to be the Biblical Women Christ wants us to be.
I’ve included a few of my favorite spicy Tex-Mex recipes! Mexican Lasagna is a wonderful casserole with the spiciness of chilies and salsa. Mexican Corn Casserole also has the bite of chilies, but with the added bonus of hot sauce! Sopapilla Cheesecake is a sweet dessert that is easy to make and delicious to the tastebuds. You will inhale the wonderful flavors of cinnamon-sugar wafting through your house as it bakes.
Mexican Lasagna: http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/06/28/mexican-lasagna/
Mexican Corn Casserole: http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/09/03/mexican-corn-casserole/
Sopapilla Cheesecake: http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/06/14/sopapilla-cheesecake/
Teresa Ambra loves cooking and experimenting in the kitchen! Over the years she has tried thousands of recipes and now shares them on her blogwww.cantstayoutofthekitchen.com! She also loves to prepare meals for others no matter what the occasion. Teresa graduated with her Master of Divinity in Church History and Biblical Languages from Southwestern Seminary last May. Connect with her on Facebook,Twitter and her blog!