On the road, into town, I pass a small donut shop that has donut-related quips and quotes on its marquee. The current one is – “The only thing I need sugar-coated are my donuts.” I’ve rolled this over and over in my mind and have realized that there is so much sugar-coating in life that we may be missing out on the deep richness within.
Haven’t we sugar-coated sin with making it legal? Abortion? Homosexuality? Euthanasia? Lies?
How about sugar-coated parenting? Giving our children so much ‘stuff’ that they relate getting it to how much we love them. Or, using the excuse – ‘They’re only children’ when they get into trouble. No consequences, just excuses.
We sugar-coat conflict by refusing to get involved. Doesn’t that give the message that because we’re not standing against an injustice, we agree with it?
Oh, how we’ve sugar coated the Cross. We’ve gotten so far from the incident that it has become a Christian Cliche. We put bunting and flowers and gold plating and… The icon of our Savior’s love for us has become jewelry, t-shirt material, wall-art… The cross is mocked by our use of it. We no longer see the pain and suffering of an innocent man to prove His incredible, undeserved love for us.
Although Mark 8:27-30 is most often used to prove Jesus is who He says He is. It is also a beautiful picture of Jesus transparency. When He asked Peter who do you think I am Peter answered with a list of what others were saying about him (the sugar coating). Jesus wanted Peter to dig deeper so He says, ‘But who do you think I am?’ . This is the point where Jesus opens His mind and soul to them and tells them His deepest thoughts. Jesus talks about what is about to happen on the way to the cross and at the cross. He breaks through the sugar-coating and shows His followers Himself.
Underneath the sugar, frosting, and filling is the sweet, succulent, simplicity of a plain donut. It provides the foundation for what is on it. It is not hidden under layers of sprinkles, icing, or powder.
As I continue rolling this concept around in my mind I can’t help but relate it to life. Am I recognized by the sugar coating or is the plain donut me there for everyone to see? How about you?
Blessings to you and yours!