Coming from a farming background I always remember June is National Dairy Month. I guess that’s when the cows are most content, or is it contented? How many of y’all remember that ad?
For those or you who either forgot, or don’t remember, there was a company that claimed their milk came from contented cows. I’m not sure how they backed up that claim, but that was their ad and they stuck to it.
Anyway, when I was a kid, many moons ago, milk only came from animals, as far as I knew. Now milk seems to come from so many sources I’m not sure anything is off limits to not claiming to be content, or is it contented?
What got me thinking about this is that I’ve been tweaking my diet lately in an attempt to become more content, or is it contented? Healthier, that’s it, in an attempt to become healthierer.
Anyway, I used to use butter instead of margarine on my sandwiches even when they (yes, the infamous, they) claimed margarine was better for us mere mortals than butter.
I knew the truth would come out and butter would win this battle eventually. Now they say margarine is only one molecule away from being plastic. Go ahead and choke on that fact for a while.
Know I learn coconut oil is far superior than butter in numerous ways. So I switched to using that on my sandwiches for a spread. I figured that since coconuts grow away from places that have winter they must be extremely content, or is it contented?
Anyway, back to the theme of dairy products. When I discovered they (no, I think this is a different they) make milk from coconuts I decided to try it for potential health benefits, and possible contentedness.
For my first foray into coconut milkiness I chose the non-sweetened straight coconut milk. No vanilla flavoring neither to dilute the contentability. What I got tasted like white water with a hint of coconut flavor.
So, the next time I go all out with the full sugar vanilla flavored variety. As Goldilocks would say, “that’s too sweet and vanilla-ee.”
So, I now buy one container of each and mix them together for that just right contentment.
Then, one day when I was feeling bold, I decided to try almond milk. I bet you didn’t know almonds could be milked. Did you? Well, truth be told neither did I. But they found somebody with the tools to get the job done.
It’s not that I’m the least bit intolerant of lactose that got me seeking contentment from untold sources. I still buy good old-fashioned cows milk when the budget yells at me to get old-fashioned, whether the cows are content or not, or is it contented?
I’m merely seeking contentment and nourishment from possible healthier places, even if I don’t know how they milk things without mammary glands. I guess I’m boldly going where I never thought I’d go before.
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Peter wrote about getting milk from an even more unusual derivative: the Bible. 1 Peter 2:2 talks about craving spiritual milk like babies need milk to survive and be content. He adds a note about tasting that the Lord is good. Take that Goldilocks.
Paul warned the Corinthians about getting past that milk stage of spiritual growth in his first letter to them. He seemed quite disgusted that he had to feed them first-steps spiritual milk instead of meatier matters.
The writer of the book of Hebrews uses this same illustration with his readers. He leaves no doubt about their lack of spiritual growth when he tells them they should be past the milk stage of spiritual maturity.
So, don’t be content with staying on a spiritual milk diet in your walk with Jesus Christ and don’t go trying to come up with unusual sources for your spiritual milk neither.
The Bible is the only source of truth you’ll find. Every other means of sustenance will leave you far from content and contented.
Dig deep on your own by studying apart from the Sunday morning sermon subject. Small group discussion can help if you’re all searching God’s truth and not just everybody’s idea of what the passage says to them.
Find a good Bible study lesson plan to guide you. You’ll get past the milk stage of your walk with God before you know it.
The only way you’ll find true contentment is by developing a deeper walk with your heavenly Father. The best way to do that is by reading His love letter to you.
Keep smiling. Wade