My wonderful husband Sam got me The Flavor Bible for Christmas. I loved this quote from Andre Simon, a gourmet and wine connoisseur:

Food without wine is a corpse; wine without food is a ghost. United and well matched, they are as body and soul; living partners.

Funny thing is, when the quote caught my attention, I couldn’t figure out why I connected with it so much. I’m not a big drinker, especially of wine. (I know, shame on me- I am just starting to develop a taste for it!) I guess it’s the idea of something with so much potential, like a meal fit for a king, never reaching that potential because it lacks some vital piece- not just a piece, but a ‘living partner’.

When I read this quote, I’m reminded that I can never reach my own potential without the spirit of God in my life. I can try my hardest to follow all the instructions, choose the finest ingredients and best equipment, and I may even do an excellent job at what I’m trying to make of my life, but it will never be as good as it could be if I leave God out of the mix.

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5

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