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Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

There is absolutely nothing quite as enjoyable as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 

Two slices of bread. One gets a decent spread of grape jelly. The other? It gets a spread of peanut butter [I prefer all natural and smooth]. I'm a staunch supporter of equal opportunity toppings and so both the Jelly and Peanut Butter get the same amount on each slice of bread. Here's the thing, if you ask my wife, she will tell you that I will watch like a hawk if you are making me a PB&J. The reason? I'm not a big fan of massive amounts of jelly and massive amounts of PB! [I can hear you all now yelling and tossing rotten grapes my way]. 

I know that the Jelly is good...oh so good. And I know that the Peanut Butter is fantastic...really, really fantastic. So why do I skimp? Why do I knowingly hold myself back from a lot of potential goodness? 

Because I'm stubborn.

Because I like my ways.

Because I know how my version of PB&J tastes.

And I like it. 

I'm afraid of the unknown. I'm afraid of change. I'm afraid of liking it? Maybe. 

Yesterday, I was in the middle of making myself a sandwich and it hit me. Why don't you just try something new? Change it up.

And I did.

And I loved it! 

I know that this is a silly post but when you really think about it...each one of us has a PB&J situation, right? We know that there are ways to increase our productivity. We know there are ways to do ministry better. We know that there are ways to be better parents or leaders. We know that there are better ways of handling our responsibilities. We know these things but so often we are so afraid of change. We become nervous about making a switch or adding a little more here and a tad more there. 

Ultimately, if we just took a moment and decided to do just one thing different...add a little more of that one thing, what we hope to be successful at may actually come true! 

What is that one ingredient you've been holding back on? Where do you need to tighten up? Where do you need to release more?

Come on friend! You can have your sandwich (and coffee) and eat it too!