Monday, January 11, 2010

Sharing the Gorgonzola

Some time ago I volunteered at an elementary school's science fair. One of the exhibits (done by a first- or second-grader) explored the effects of umami on the traditionaly-recognized tastes (sweet, sour, bitter, salty). The student used Gorgonzola cheese as umami and had family members rank other foods before and after having the cheese.

I found it interesting and decided to purchase some Gorgonzola cheese.


When the tub of crumbled cheese was opened, the children asked to try some. What would you do? My first reaction was to hold back, assuming that they weren't ready for the taste—that they wouldn't appreciate or enjoy it.

Surprisingly, I was wrong. Rebecca particularly liked it. (Benjamin—now 18 months old—tried it for the first time today and loved it, too.)

[Here comes the "cheesy" comparison.]

As I considered how my apprehension to share the Gorgonzola was, in fact, needless and unnecessary, I was reminded that I sometimes feel the same way about sharing the gospel. "Oh, they won't appreciate it," or "They're not ready," too often try to crowd out the feelings of genuine love and desires to share.

I hope I can remember to share the gospel with others as I now share the Gorgonzola with my children. After all, when I share the gospel, I don't have to worry about others eating it all, leaving none for me!

Unlike Gorgonzola, there's plenty of the "good news" to go around!

2 thoughts

Maryann said...

I like that comparison, although I think the gospel is much better than rotten cheese. ;)

I love you.

Rockin Rowe's said...

True. You never can tell what someone's reaction will be to anything.