Pass The Salt: Living a Life of Influence

I heard a story about a minister who was making a wooden trellis to support a climbing vine. As he was pounding away, he noticed that a little boy was watching him. The youngster didn’t say a word, so the preacher kept on working, thinking the young man would leave. But he didn’t. Pleased at the thought that his work was being admired, the pastor finally said, “Well, son, trying to pick up some pointers on gardening?” “No,” the boy replied. “I’m just waiting to hear what a preacher says when he hits his thumb with a hammer.”

While you may not be building a wooden trellis, your life and your actions are most certainly being observed by others. Many are looking to you for guidance and direction, even though you may not even realize it.

Your words and your actions have a powerful influence on those around you. But what do they see as they look upon your life? Does your anger get the best of you when things get tough? Do your actions align with the moral and ethical claims you make about yourself? If a story were published about you in tomorrow’s newspaper, exposing every area of your life, would you be proud or quickly calling the closest airline to get a one way ticket out of town? If your life were a mirror, would the reflection be of integrity and conviction or the buckling of principal to “fit in”?

Would you say that you are living a salty life?

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” – Jesus

Salt is a powerful influencer on taste, just as your words and actions are a powerful influence in the lives of those you interact with each day. If your salt retains its saltiness then you have the ability to add flavor and value to the lives of others but if you lose your saltiness, you have nothing to share. Your contribution may end up leaving society bland and tasteless, or worse… bitter.

So this week, be encouraged to “Pass the Salt.” Live your life as if you were adding flavor to those around you, those who you may not even realize are watching.

It’s in every action and interaction that we have the ability to be help someone else experience the full flavor of life through the grains of salt we leave behind.

Will you choose to pass the salt?

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  • Great reminder, Daniel. I'm going to be traveling all this week and it's easy for me to see people I meet in airplanes or on the road as interruption of my day and not as divine opportunities to be salt in their lives.

    • You've already been salt in my life so I think that makes up for everyone else. 🙂

  • Heather


    Thanks so much for these words today! They hit more close to home than you know. As a homeschool mom of my 12 year old daughter, my character is closely on display. Your words are a great reminder to be careful what I say when I hit my thumb with the hammer! Thanks Daniel.

    • Thanks Heather. It's a lesson for me just as much as anyone else. Easy to forget how powerful our actions are, more so than our words.

  • This is a great story and a terrific example of integrity.

    I've used the story of the Emperor's Seed to illustrate integrity in the past ( ), but will certainly remember this one as I attempt to be more "salty" in my daily walk.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  • Sonia

    Wonderful story Daniel, thank you for the reminder.