Have You Underestimated Your Impact?

A few weeks ago, I decided to bake my favorite pound cake for my cousin's housewarming. Since it is my favorite cake, I decided to bake a cake for home the day before I made the cake for the special occasion.

I was disappointed when I took my first bite of the warm cake. Something was not right.

Although I could taste the distinct flavor of the cake, the taste of flour overpowered everything else. I revisited the recipe because my first inclination was that I had added too much flour and not enough sugar. To my surprise, I had added the correct amount of both ingredients. Still, something was "off" with this cake.

The next morning when I walked into the kitchen and looked at the cake, I immediately knew what went wrong. I looked at the recipe again and "lo and behold," I had forgotten the salt!

After the error was revealed to me, I checked Google to verify the role of salt in baking a cake.

According to The Science of Cooking website, the main function of salt in cake recipes is to enhance the flavor of the other ingredients. Its presence perks up the depth and complexity of other flavors as the ingredients meld. Salt also provides a balance to the sweetness of cake batters—but a salty flavor should not be discernible. You can reduce the salt according to your taste, but if you leave it out completely, you'll likely find your cakes taste a little "flat."

Flat was exactly how the cake tasted the night before.

Trust me, this cake was not "housewarming worthy." As I prepared the cake for the next day's celebration, I couldn't help but think about the impact of a single ingredient.

As I looked at the recipe, the most insignificant ingredient had made a significant impact on the finished product. There were cups of butter, flour and sugar, several eggs, teaspoons of flavorings, but simply one half teaspoon of salt. Against all of the other ingredients, the salt had a major function in making the cake desirable.

Matthew 5:13 states that we are the salt of the earth.

Allow my cake experience to remind you that you are not insignificant and you do make a difference.

The enemy may try to convince you that your voice is not being heard against the backdrop of the world's noise and debates. That is not so.

You may think that your one action will not have a positive impact on the lives of others. That is not so.

Others may tell you that you are not "anointed" enough to make a difference. Again, that is not so.

Know that God designed you with a distinct purpose in mind. Your words, presence, and actions make a difference that you may not see or understand.

From this day forward, vow to never underestimate your impact.

By the way, I included the salt in the second cake and it was delicious!

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