Pass the…Deviled Eggs

Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:28, Common English Bible).

This is part 9 in the November Thanksgiving series, “Pass the…” for a listing on the other posts please see the index.

There are a few things I should say here up front. First of all, I can’t ever remember deviled eggs being on my family Thanksgiving table. Second, I am not a fan of eggs. I like eggs fine in things and I will eat the occasional omelet. I will occasionally eat a scrambled or fried egg. Yet I am just not a fan of eggs.

Unless, they are deviled egg. While I may not remember having deviled eggs on my Thanksgiving table, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like having them on the table. Well, the truth is, they wouldn’t stay on the table long because they would end up in my stomach. I love deviled eggs.

The reason I don’t like eggs is, I don’t like egg yokes. If I am going to eat an eggs I want something to help cover-up the taste of the yoke. If it is an omelet, it is the cheese and the meat and maybe some salsa. If the eggs are scrambled it needs cheese or salsa or even ketchup. If it is fried it has to be over easy and it MUST have ketchup (yes, I am one of those people).

The only way I will eat an egg just plain is boiled but the limit is one. But, if you dig the yoke out, mash it up, and add all kinds of good stuff to it, and I’m ready to eat.

Our lesson says, “Give thanks in all circumstances…” Even though I don’t like the yoke of an egg, I am still thankful for it, because, that circumstance makes one of my favorites, deviled eggs possible. Without the egg yoke, a deviled egg isn’t possible. Without the yoke an egg is an egg white and while I don’t mind eating them, they can be pretty bland and it wouldn’t take long before I would be the culinary equivalent of bored stiff.

In life we have the good and the not so good. I know not everyone thinks of egg yokes in the same way I do. Still, there is probably the equivalent in your life. It may not be food but there is probably something.

Or, it may be two things you like, but you like one better than the other. I am a guitar player (I use the term guitar player VERY loosely). I love to play my classical guitars. The fret board is wider. The body is smaller. They use nylon instead of steel strings. I could go on, but I think you probably get the idea. Though I am most thankful for my classical guitars, I am still thankful for my steel strings, if for no other reason than that is where I started.

God gives us so many things. Some of them we will love. Some we will like. Some we may not like at all. Still, give thanks in all circumstances. Even those things we may not like so much, we still need to be thankful. They may just make what we love possible. Without the egg yoke, I can’t have my deviled eggs at Thanksgiving or any other time.

So please, pass the deviled eggs.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Grace and Peace,

 Copyright 2016, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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