Old recipes have value! Many modern cooks collect them. Family members treasure them and pass them on. At our family reunion this year, my sister-in-law, Maureen Bartel, shared several of my mother’s favorite old recipe’s with the family. My wife, Sharon, has a personal collection of recipes, many of which are old favorites collected over the years. One in particular is an old German favorite, a recipe for Pfeffernüsse, a spicy, hard, holiday delight perfect with a cup of coffee or tea (the name means “pepper nuts”) we got from a wonderful German lady in our church, Phyllis Keierleber. Old recipes provoke nostalgia of delicious food, wonderful family events… and they are “tried-and-true” – and simply GOOD!
Both my Bible reading and reflection today brought to mind some special, tried-and-true, “spiritual recipes” that, I believe, we dare not forget, but carefully preserve and pass on… One is contained in an old hymn…
“Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
“Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
“Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
“Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.”
William D. Longstaff – 1882
Another was expressed in my Bible reading today… A well-known, favorite Biblical recipe for success in life… Proverbs 3:1-12 (you really need to read it for yourself). Here are the “ingredients” (and each comes with a promise!)
1. Give high priority to Godly teaching. Remember it! Heed it! (vss. 1-2)
2. Make “steadfast love” and faithfulness the adorning characteristics of your life! (vss. 3-4)
3. Trust God completely – acknowledge Him in everything! (vss. 5-6)
4. Don’t be a know it all! Reverence God and live the way He wants you to. (vss. 7-8)
5. Honor God with your money and your possessions (vss. 9-10, cp. Malachi 3.8-10a)
6. When your Heavenly Father disciplines you as His child – don’t resent it or pout. (vss. 11-12)
Old recipes… Good stuff… Worth preserving and “cooking up!” A couple of old recipes for spiritual success!