There is a craze in the restaurant, food world that has been going on for a while. It is the fusion of different culinary traditions. These food fusions are unique blends of flavors that produce new, and quite delectable, tastes. Most people are familiar with the fusion of chocolate and peanut butter in the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. However, there are many more food fusions out there like teriyaki tri tip tacos, Kim chi Burritos, Ramen fries, and ‘S’MOreos’ (a chocolate Oreo with a tossed marshmallow inserted!) Wow, I really want to try that!! Actually I grew up with my own food fusions; macaroni and cheese with ketchup, jam and bacon sandwiches, and cream cheese on hot dogs. What food fusions have you enjoyed or created? There are as many as your mind can imagine, like peanut butter on hamburgers, marshmallows and popcorn, Ramon and grilled cheese, ‘cinnaburger’ (hamburger between two cinnamon rolls), poutine burger (poutine is a Canadian favorite of fries, gravy, and cheese and this fusion pairs it with a hamburger), red velvet fried chicken, and lobster dogs (hot dog topped with butter lobster). Ok I am really getting hungry, are you?
The idea is that as these flavors join together they create something complementary and wonderful! Now sure, there is a science to these parings and people go to school and study why it is that these flavors do create something better, but for most of us, they just taste great. It does takes a bit of risk and daring to try something new but it can be a whole lot of fun and you may discover a new favorite food!
This idea of food fusions is a great example how we as people can create new flavors in relationships. People are unique and different. We come from different families, backgrounds, cultures, and abilities and when we connect and build relationships with people not like us, we both benefit! We are sharpened as Proverbs 27:17 says…
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
As well, the Bible also speaks to the unique flavor in relationships:
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
Creating the unique flavor of unity and harmony in relationships take some work and adjustment.
Romans 12:16-18 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
We have a beautiful world full of unique and wonderful people God has created, people we can grow in relationships with and discover some new and amazing flavors with. Maybe it’s that new family that moved in on your street or that new coworker transferred from another country or that new student at your school. How fun! What new relationship flavors could you be creating this week?
Church can be a great place to meet new people. If you don’t already have a church you attend regularly, we would like to invite you to our culturally diverse church, Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net.
Excited to create new relationship flavors along with you,