WHAT? How come I put the peanut butter on first?
This morning, as I was making my son, Brennan, a sandwich, he looked up at me and asked me the peanut butter order question. As I stood there with a knife loaded with peanut butter, I didn’t know what to say. I had never thought about why I put the peanut butter on before the jelly. I’ve just always done it that way.
So I told him that I didn’t know and that’s the way I always do it.
His response? “Maybe you could try to do the jelly first sometime?” My jaw dropped. Do the jelly first? How does that work?
Putting the peanut butter on first is a habit. Not only is it a habit, but it is one that I don’t ever think about why I do it. Certainly in the scheme of life it’s a very little thing, but my son’s comments allowed me to ponder my choices and responses.
Think about this: there are good habits and habits that need to be re-examined. A good habit would be daily waking up and giving over the day and anxieties to our Lord. A bad habit, for me, would be sitting down at the computer in the morning and frittering away time, and then starting late and allowing my own lack of time management set the tone for the day. In that instance, I need to re-evaluate why that pattern is one that I follow.
It’s so easy to go through life on auto-pilot. We dash here and there, we shout out answers, we are busy.
My encouragement for you is to look at your life and to identify patterns of your own. Do you have any “peanut butter on first” responses? The Lord is good – He will help you discover them. More than that, with Him you can develop a new pattern. And maybe, just maybe, it involves putting the jelly on first.
“But I say, walk by the Spirit,
and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
Galatians 5:16 (NIV)