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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rotten Tomatoes

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
Several weeks ago, a friend of ours gave us some beautiful tomatoes.  She had gone to a farmer’s market and ended up buying more tomatoes than she could use, so she decided to share her good fortune with us. 

The tomatoes were so nice that I decided to try to hold off using them until company arrived.  We had some of our family coming to stay with us for ten days, so I thought this would be a great way to stretch the grocery budget.

As time went on, I shared a good amount of the tomatoes with my parents who live near by, but I still had plenty of tomatoes left for our soon to arrive guests.  And then, I began to plan the menu for the next ten days around the refrigerator crisper full of tomatoes.  I figured by time our guests returned home the tomatoes would be gone…but I was wrong.

After everyone was gone, I still had a produce drawer filled with tomatoes.  Only now they were spotted, less than perfect tomatoes.  What happened?  I thought I had this great plan to use up all of the tomatoes while our company was here.

In my despair, I decided it would be wasteful to throw all of the tomatoes away so I had this ingenious idea to cut off the “rotten spots” and freeze the tomatoes to use in chili and soups this coming winter.

With every cut of the knife into the flesh of the tomato, I had this thought… “Why didn’t I use these tomatoes when they were in their prime?”  And here’s the answer that came back to me…I was saving them for a better day, the perfect day.

With this revelation, I began to think of other things that I have purchased and hung onto because I didn’t want to use the product right away.  For some reason, there is something in my head that encourages me to store it up…save it for another day or better yet, it’s too nice to use now; keep it until you have company or you really want to treat yourself.

Well, I’ve decided this philosophy has got to end.  I’m going to use the beautiful bar of soap that I bought and stored away because it was too pretty to use and I’m going to wear those shoes that sit in the closet for special occasions and I’m going to get out the nice dishes and use them for my husband and me on a regular basis.   

Maybe you already do all of those things; but for those of you who are like me, why do you hold some things back in reserve?  What are you waiting on to take out your fine china or eat that special box of chocolates you bought in the gourmet shop?  Maybe you need to get going before the date expires or some thing goes out of style.

Look around your house and see if you are stockpiling “specialties” that you want to keep for that perfect day.  And then ask yourself this question “Could today be that perfect day?”  What’s keeping you from enjoying what is good and perfect?

James 1:17 reads, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Here’s a few ideas to keep you from being left with “rotten tomatoes.”

  • Be good to yourself 
  • Realize that you are a special person, too
  • Purchase things that you would want to use, and then use them 
  • Reduce your stockpile by using it or giving it away before it goes bad
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The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry

At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 


  1. Wow, I think this was written for me. Sure will motivate me to rethink "stuff" and "abundance". Blessings, Ena

  2. Thank you. Appreciate your encouragement as we continue to write our blog articles. You and your family are a blessing to RM. Pam


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