A recipe for living


My wife Myrna was making some homemade soup the other day and I asked her why she was using a particular ingredient in it. She replied to me by saying “because that is what the recipe calls for.”

She went on to explain to me that the soup will only taste good providing you follow the recipe. I thought about that for a while and that is how I came up with today’s’ title — Recipe for Living.

“We find in life exactly what we put in to it” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Today I want to share with you a very good recipe for living. I think you will like my recipe and I know others will enjoy it also if you share it with them.

Recipe for Living: Mix all the following ingredients into your heart and leave them there forever. Use daily as needed. Just a reminder, the longer you leave the ingredients in your heart, the better you become.

One full measure of love,

One full measure of kindness,

One full measure of concern,

One full measure of compassion,

One full measure of understanding,

One full measure of encouragement,

One full measure of good will,

One full measure of joy,

One full measure of peace,

One full measure of gentleness,

One full measure of humility,

One full measure of faith in God,

One full measure of hope in God,

One full measure of trust in God,

One full measure of caring,

You can add anything else into the recipe as long as it is in God’s will. Please remember to make enough of this recipe so that everyone you meet in life can benefit from it.

“We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breathe;

in feelings, not in figures on a dial.

We should count time by heart throbs.

He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, and acts the best.

Life’s but a means unto an end; that end; that end beginning, means

And end of all things — God. — Philip James Bailey.

My recipe is a great gift to give to your friends, family, neighbors and everyone you meet, however, “The gift of God is eternal life” Romans 6:23.

“In Him was life; and the Life was the life of men” John 1:4.

I hope you have enjoyed my recipe for living. God bless you and your family.



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George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio.



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