Personally, I don’t have ‘beef’ with eating a certain packet of quick noodles. When my kids were two and four, individual packet noodles were a staple food for my picky eaters. Still very selective eaters, our food journey is growing and those noodles are served up less often.
Nothing against the dish or the people who eat it because I realize how inexpensive the food is-priced as low as six packs for one dollar. Few ramen rezept Christmas’ ago, I was ready to taste my husband’s co-worker’s wife infamous noodle salad. She loaded up her cold, crisp noodle dish with fresh veggies, olive oil, herbs and seasonings. Tasty!
Here’s my beef. So, I do have some beef with the orange and white packet – if you buy the chicken flavor. Packet noodles replace nutritious meals for way too many. I work in a special school for unique children and have gathered some rather innovative packet noodle recipes. Noodles and melted cheese, noodles with Tabasco, noodles raw, no water, eaten in the packet crushed and sprinkled with the msg loaded season packet.
When it comes to faith, I fear we are raising a individual packet noodle generation. I have noticed in some young people a connection between this instant food and desiring instant satisfaction in other areas of life. Why can’t life choices be just as easy as eating a pack of noodles? No fuss living and no fuss eating.
More casual and light dialogue is one way to connect the faith of mature believers to the faith of our children and youth while encouraging faith-filled decision making. I rally with people that want our children’s taste to elevate from instant gratification into God-fearing living. I rally with those that want to make sure our children are well-equipped to answer the tough questions of life without emotional and psychological failure. One long-standing way for us to help our children remain rock firm among the barrage set against them is to carefully communicate our faith in God with our children with examples from the Holy Bible and our lives.
Seven days a week eating only ramen noodles poisons the body. Much more appetizing, home cooked meals are healthier and provide good nutrition. Churches and families face a daily challenge in teaching the building blocks of effective faith. Rooted and healthy faith grows strong through life’s trials. I think I understand better why in high school my counselor adamantly pushed home economics because teaching healthy cooking delays gratification building endurance and patience along the way.
Recently, I visited a home where I witnessed three young women, all in their teens, in the kitchen preparing a grand feast. Ample food on the table, smells of curry, stew, and baked goods reminded me of island living. The leader of the group was confident that she learned well from her grandmother and aunty how to cook delectable foods. I believed her. The food was just incredible! Her confidence I tasted in every dish, and I wondered if she knew that her elders were also teaching her faith and the rewards of hard work and determination. I just don’t see how individual noodle packages can compete with her special meal or the faith lessons instilled.
Preparing innovative ways to teach faith reminds me of Jesus’ parables. Parents, church leaders, and all caretakers should take careful example from Jesus’ creativity. Come to think of it, those noodle packets can be quite bland and boring in comparison to flavorful faith.
I’m Chandra D. Petty. (Pronounced KANDRA)! Combining individual packet noodles and faith might be a little odd, but that’s OK with me. I stand by my article because faith-based living is the only way I dare know how to live. I’m not looking for fast answers just faith answers. Be Blessed!