Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth 1

     I don’t know about you, but I love greens…turnip greens and collards are my favorite. I consider them dessert, especially if they are cooked right. I love greens cooked with smoked meats because of the salt in meat. Salt adds flavor.     

 Salt’s technical name is sodium chloride.  It’s a stable compound and cannot lose its flavor. One of its uses is in preserving meats and can also be used to stop the growth of bacteria. It’s amazing that salt a simple, yet important, compound can be used to flavor and preserve.

     Have you ever heard someone say, “He or she is the salt of the earth?” Or have you been called that? What a wonderful compliment! The salt–of-the-earth-kind-of-person has many valuable qualities. This person is uncomplicated, stable and reliable. It’s someone who remains calm and rational regardless of what is going on around them. He or she has emotional intelligence and can be counted upon to keep his/her word.

      This type of person also adds good things to those around them. This person is a team player and contributes constructively to all things of which he or she is a part. Whether it is a team, relationship, or a student or church body, this person consistently tries to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. 

     What keeps this person grounded is his or her strong moral fiber.  He or she has a faith/belief system in the Lord that is part of his or her being and does not allow bad or immoral things to grow in his or her life. While this person is not perfect, he or she tries to practice and to preserve the good things, such as, truth, joy, peace, love, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness and faith.

     While real salt in large quantities can be harmful to the human body, people who are salt of the earth are not. They add value to our lives and help preserve moral truths. There can never be too many of them on this earth. Want to be salt of the earth? You can do that by adding good things to those around you, increasing the value of everything you do by doing it well and right and standing for what is moral and good.

Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again?  Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.   Mark 9:50