The Lesson of the Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
Years ago when I pretended to be Pioneer Woman of my small town’s newspaper, I caught wind of a story that circulated at the elementary school.
Second Grade Students wrote about “How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.” I giggled at the teacher’s assignment but after reading some of the papers, I asked her if I could visit her class and talk to her students in order to feature them in my next column.
This is what I learned!
I learned generosity from a kid, Chad, who wrote: “I put the peanut butter & jelly on each piece of the bread, and then I add more peanut butter & jelly and put it together.”
I learned organizational skills from a girl, Sunshine, who named each ingredient and wrote about shutting the refrigerator door when you take out the jelly and putting the peanut butter back after you make the sandwich.
I learned that specific details assure success from a black & white thinker named Jason who wrote: “Only use Skippy Peanut Butter and strawberry jelly.”
One kid, Tony, who is probably a rich engineer today, wrote: “You take two pieces of white bread and cut off the crusts. Put jelly on one and peanut butter on the other and then put the pieces together and get a knife and cut it but not in half, cut it sideways.”
These cutie patooties wrote about the same thing yet their methods varied. But in the end, I knew how to make a PB&J sandwich! I just wanted to scoop them up and take them home with me.
I wonder if that’s how our Father feels about us, His cute kids. His assignment is to go and tell our stories for the glory of God.
I ponder unique writing styles of Christian authors. Specifically, I mull over the variety of motivational gifts I see in them and how those gifts influence the way they write.
For example, some blogs are written by writers with a gift of administration. Their leadership gets me in line and tells me what to do in a Biblical way, not a bossy one.
Some writers have the gift of teaching. They use a lot of scriptures to support their claims and they excel in the details of the Bible making the meaning crystal clear to me.
Like teachers, some writers are exhorters. They teach using Biblical concepts but more on the practical side with stories to illustrate their point. Their posts call me into action.
These are just a few of the Motivational Gifts listed in Romans 12, but I think you get my drift. I definitely see how we, as Christians, are wired with different motivation that flows out of us. God put it there!
Do you know what your motivational gift is? Some Christian websites offer a free test and explanation of each gift for full understanding.
I’m an exhorter. Of course I am….who else is going to tell you a story about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to illustrate a point?
Check it out: Romans 12, Motivational Gifts