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9/12/2020 12:11:00 AM
Hotdog Omelets & Lasting Impressions

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Sherry and I were newlyweds living in Wake Forest while attending seminary. We were on a limited, and I mean limited budget while we were at school. We both worked jobs around town trying to make ends meet while adjusting to married life. For the both of us it was a matter of putting faith, patience, and hard work into making a home. It is hard to imagine but we did not have any children at this time in our lives and we only had each other’s company when we were not at work or school.

Being a newlywed can be considered on the job training. A person has to learn how to compromise on issues like what type of mayonnaise to buy (Duke’s); or what type of snacks, cleaning detergents, etc. to purchase and what to watch on television. I must say that I was a pretty quick study on what to agree to and when to hold my ground on the important stuff, like the Duke’s mayonnaise.

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Something that was new for the both of us was cooking. Don’t misunderstand me, my wife is a great cook, but she (we) were both learning how to cook new and interesting foods, like beans and cornbread. When we felt we had mastered the basics we dove into the more complex food groups such as meatloaf and omelets. It is amazing what a person can learn if he is willing to follow a recipe out of a book. However, following someone else’s recipes became trite and boring after a while. We figured out that there was more than one way to make meatloaf or there were many more ways to make omelets. It was in this area that we had our greatest success and failure.

One Saturday morning we were making breakfast and all we had in the kitchen was onions, cheese, milk, eggs, and some hotdogs. You can call this a recipe for disaster. We decided that we would make something that had never been made before, a creation that we called “The Hotdog Omelet.” Don’t laugh, it sounded like a good idea at the time. It was all that we had to work with and we were going to make the best (or worst) of it. Til this day we still don’t know what happened. Maybe the cheese was bad, or the hotdogs were out of date, maybe it was combining these ingredients together, whatever it was we poisoned ourselves. It did not kill us, but once we recovered it was a long time before either of us attempted to make something new out of food. Even to this day we measure our sicknesses by the Hotdog Omelet standard of sickness.

What can we learn from this culinary fiasco? First, some things were never meant to be put together. Consider the spiritual and the physical. If you let the worldly things of this life become intertwined with your spiritual growth you will have problems. The world will be pulling you in one direction and God’s Spirit will be directing you in another direction, and if you are not careful you will be sick from trying to be a part of both. Second, following directions is not a bad thing. It’s ok to be different, but at the same time directions are for our benefit. Take the Bible for instance. God gave us His Word to teach us right from wrong and to prevent us from learning by trial and error. Are you following your own directions today? If so, remember what looks good from a distance may not be so great up close.

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it.

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