A passion for pie

Some people dig a fork into the pie but are too lazy to raise it to their mouth. MSG Proverbs 19:24

The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth. ESV

I have read and discarded this verse many times.

I can assure you that if there is pie to be had I AM IN! Lets talk about pie.

1621614705_9d532f2d58I love steak and Guinness pie with chunks of torn beef, chicken and ham pie with creamy sauce, mince pie like your granny used to make, shepherds pie and cottage pie with mashed potato perfectly crisped on top, (who knows the difference?). Oh please don’t forget Melton Mowbray Pork Pies, a delight which fueled my achieving the Four Peaks a few years ago. Pukka Pies with the obligatory mushy peas are another midlands specialty. Scotch pies with their delicious over-sized crust are heavenly and one of many reasons to go visit Scotland this year. To this day pies remain the BEST reason to go to a football match in England. Please somebody invent the Bacon Pie.

….. and now for dessert!

2606707419_53cc00f380Our American cousins get confused when we talk about pies with meat in them… its all about sweetness. Seriously if ever there was a reason for traversing the continental US. You could start with key lime pie in Florida swing by for an Apple Pie in the Big Apple, sidestep and tuck into a Shoofly pie in the burgh, pecan pie from every place imaginable, before getting hot and sweaty with a Mississippi Mud Pie. You’ll find peach pie, mixed berry pie, blueberry pie, plum pie, peanut butter pie, banoffee pie, hot cherry pie, rhubarb pie, a personal favorite apple and raspberry pie and of course pumpkin pie. After that road trip we will be entitled to sing “Who ate all the pies?”

It is unimaginable to me that someone might be sat down, presented with any of these sublime pies, dig their fork in the pie and then fail to taste and enjoy. Right now at the very thought my lips are watering.

If you have read the first post in the Proverb to Prayer series you will remember the challenge to face up to these proverbs to let them speak truth to our lives and to allow them to spark a conversation with God about how he plans on transforming our lives.

Look around you what do you see?

As I write I sit in our kitchen where a few months back I redecorated walls floor and ceiling. I moved a radiator to allow a new sofa and installed a new dishwasher. Yet despite my short lived focus we still have no kickboards under the cupboards and a bare window at one end of the room. Those who know me know I am one of the many men who fail to finish DIY projects.

Rewind a year, what has God said?

Proverbs seriesHow has God spoken through His word or other ways in the last months? What ‘pies’ has God set before you? Have you received and consumed. Have you acted, prayed about and shared this sustenance or did you say that looks nice and leave the word of God intact, untouched?

In what ways has Gods sustenance provided you with faith to act?

Steak & Guinness pie Image: Some rights reserved by yashima

Blueberry pie Image: Some rights reserved by thebittenword.com

Featured Image: Some rights reserved by garryknight


Why work?

A post on the Desiring God blog caught (and held) my attention last week.  It communicates what a Godly attitude to work looks like.  The three points and associated scriptures are listed here but check out the full post here.

  1. We labour not to be a burden to others (2 Thessalonians 3:81 Timothy 5:8)
  2. We labour to be able to share with others (Ephesians 4:28)
  3. In Jesus our labour is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58)
To be honest I really just posted this so that I can re-read it from time to time when my attitude needs a spring clean.
I have questions when I read these verses:
  1. Am I a burden to others?
  2. Am I able to share with others?

Often I feel the Yes/No answers to these questions are the wrong way round in my life.

The full article is written by David Mathis