Updated: Mar 25, 2019
Knowing the value of the relationship you have with yourself will become the foundation of your relationship with others.
“You are a little more vulnerable now because trust has developed. You are stronger and more solid on the inside than you were before. You can be sliced, diced and tossed together with your friend, but you are still solid.”
2 Corinthians 6:14 says “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?”
It is estimated that Americans eat 76.5 billion eggs a year! That’s a lot of cracking! Perhaps eggs are so popular because they can be used in so many ways. They can be fried, scrambled, boiled, poached and added to a variety of dishes. They can be used to show the importance of choosing friends.
In life, everyone chooses friends. Some friends are believers and some are not. When you enter into a relationship with someone you probably don’t ask yourself: “Should I scramble or boil my eggs with this person?” But maybe you should. Consider this. If you boil your eggs, you jump into a pan of hot water (a relationship), but you have your protective shell still on. Your shell keeps the real you intact and keeps you safe. After you and your friend are all boiled up, you easily come out of your shells. You are a little more vulnerable now because trust has developed. You are stronger and more solid on the inside than you were before. You can be sliced, diced and tossed together with your friend, but you are still solid. If you end up in a salad with chilies and jalapeños and things get too hot to handle, you can get out of the bowl. Your whites may have absorbed some of the heat and your yolk may be a little squished, but you can still separate yourself. You can pick up the pieces, move to another bowl and start over again.
But what if you choose to scramble your eggs with your new friend? Your shell is cracked open right from the start and your protective covering is tossed to the side. You and your friend are whipped and beaten. What you believe and what they believe are blended together and forced to coexist. Here come those jalapeños and chilies again! You still don’t like them and want out before this omelet is cooked, but you can already feel the searing heat from the skillet. You and your friend are poured out and scrambled together. In a matter of minutes, you are on the plate with no way to tell where you begin and your friend ends.
The Bible warns us about being bound together with unbelievers for good reason. When we partner in deep relationships, other people become a part of us. When those people don’t share our beliefs, someone will compromise. Your light and their darkness cannot exist together. Don’t risk dimming your light or snuffing it out all together for a relationship that goes against God’s word. Instead be careful when choosing friends. The Bible says: “The righteous choose their friends carefully.” Proverbs 12:26 Pick carefully, and don’t scramble your eggs with just anyone.