Gina Moore

My husband and kids tell me I ask too many questions. But I think questions are good.

After all, there’s so much to learn! When I was young, I probably would have assumed there would be less to learn the older we get. Whew, quite the opposite, it seems!

One “eggs’ample” of late showed me that we may not always know as much as we think we do; therefore, we are wise to remain open to other methods, other perspectives, other truths.

So I thought I knew how to poach an egg.

After all, I grew up watching my mother make them for us, and I’ve always loved them.

I made them often for our children, never thinking there might be a better way. (Guess a busy life tends to lead to a lot of “never thinking” about plenty of things.)

In hindsight, I had noticed nice restaurants served such “pretty” poached eggs when I ordered one of my favorite dishes, eggs Benedict.

They were served up so perfectly round, white and cloud-like, unlike mine, which more resembled a jellyfish.

Yet I never thought to dig deeper to possibly uncover a better way.

Our daughter, who is in her mid-20s and also loves eggs Benedict, challenged me recently to do better – like those restaurants. If they can do it, why can’t we?

Well, who knew all sorts of tips and tutorials await anyone searching for such advice on YouTube?! In just a few minutes, my daughter and I learned the tricks to turning out those pretty eggs. And I began to wonder what other things I just thought I’d been doing right.

Perhaps you’ve also pondered more questions than usual since early March.

So much conflicting information has bombarded us ever since the COVID-19 crisis hit, it’s hard to know who or what to believe.

I just know I don’t want to settle for mediocre eggs … or other things. And, with ready answers available to those willing to seek, why should we settle for less?

Being satisfied with substandard (whatever) is one thing. Serving it to others is yet another level of responsibility.

Just as we should consider what we’re being fed and who is feeding us, shouldn’t we even more consider what we’re serving others?

Are we swallowing fear or hope? Are we serving up pandemic proportions of worry or extra helpings of encouragement?

We may be tempted to wake up each morning, turn on the television and choke our eggs down, so to speak.

But let’s not swallow the bad eggs being flung all around. Let’s seek tips and truth … not simply on YouTube but from spending time with God in prayer and meditation and by studying the Bible, his inspired word. Talk about a must-have recipe book for life!

For starters, there’s great advice from Paul given to Christians in 1 Thessalonians: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (5:16-18)

You’ve probably heard it pointed out that these verses don’t tell us to give thanks “for” all things, but remind us that we can look for the blessings and try to have a grateful outlook in all circumstances.

Verses 21-22 continue: “Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”

That advice to test everything seems more important than ever. We should search for truth, considering sources and checking against the Bible, then rejecting that which is false.

We discovered one way to turn out good eggs that are free from those loose, jellyfish-like “stragglers” was to strain them before cooking.

Taking the time to do this before placing them in the hot water yields more consistent, well-rounded results.

Likewise, perhaps taking the time to test things, discarding unnecessary or untruthful parts, yields more consistent peace in our lives as well.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians to encourage and reassure them in the hope provided by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Just as my daughter encouraged me not to settle, we can encourage those around us. May we be inspired to seek truth and encourage others by Paul’s words:

“But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (5:8-11)

Gina Moore, a news-editorial journalism major, has operated Marketplace Consignment Sale for 25 years and has worked part-time at Treasures. She also enjoys country cooking, reading and writing about motherhood, life on the farm and how God’s love and lessons surround residents.