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Pancakes and Self-Preservation

March 3, 2014

I found this seasonal tale (since tomorrow is “Pancake Day” in the UK) in that fount of all knowledge and wisdom, the Internet:

A man went to see a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist asked what his problem was, and the man answered: “Nothing, but my family thinks there’s something wrong with me.”

“Why is that?” the psychiatrist answered.

“They think I’m crazy because I like pancakes”, the man said.

“Nonsense!” the psychiatrist exclaimed. “There’s nothing wrong with that – as a matter of fact, I like pancakes myself.”

The man’s eyes brightened. “You do?!” he said excitedly. “Then you must come to my house. I have several trunks full of them in my attic!”

That’s not quite normal behaviour with pancakes, is it? My family enjoys pancakes (the Swedish variety, of course – not the swollen American variety) not just one day in February but all year round – it’s actually one of the few things I cook. But we don’t store them away – we eat them! Anything else would be wasteful, and a complete misunderstanding of what pancakes are for.

Sadly, a lot of people seem to make exactly that mistake when it comes to their own lives. We were made to give glory to God, to love our fellow humans as ourselves, and to look after this world as best we can. Instead, self-preservation and getting the most out of life seems to be what most people aim for. And the irony is, of course, that we can’t preserve ourselves: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” asks Jesus (Luk 12:25), and adds: “Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it” (Luk 17:33a). The only way to preserve your life for eternity is to give it up – give it to Jesus. He will not only forgive your shortcomings, he will also make sure you really get out of life what you were created for: eternal life and happiness with God your Father, in a renewed universe which will be so much more enjoyable than anything we can imagine.

So, enjoy your pancakes on Pancake Day, and make sure you enjoy life – both here and now and in the hereafter – the way God intended it!


From → Christianity, Faith, Jesus

  1. Susanne Rugg permalink

    Life is like pancakes! Modern pastors come up with fantastic illustrations. 🙂 We had a selection of Canadian Maple Syrup, grated cheese, chocolate spread, jam, cinamon sugar and lemon juice on ours. May life be just as diverse!

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