Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwiches-7Many of us are spiritual adrenaline junkies. You need fireworks to go off every other day in order to sustain some resemblance of passion, even if it be a flicker, for Jesus Christ. Something is wrong because God, once again, did not ride in on a white horse, wearing a crown, and speak audibly to you.

It is easy to confuse emotion for passion.

Jesus was not an adrenaline junkie. Yes, He indeed had amazing moments. However, He did not live for those moments. He lived simply and humbly, singularly focused on being and doing the will of Daddy God. If there were moments that just-so-happened to be sprinkled with a little extra pizazz, He took it all in and reveled in the glory God was getting. Yet, He by no means needed the fireworks. He almost seemed to even avoid it at times. Eight different times in the Synoptic Gospels (i.e. Matthew, Mark, Luke), Jesus is recorded to have told someone to tell no one about what they have seen and/or heard (granted, there are overlap between some of these 8).

Jesus knew how to wake up, strap on His sandals, and live mundane life with a burning heart. So many people want a new job or even new spouse or new location to make up for the deadness they feel on the inside. We have not learned to be in the present. The past and the future are usually the easiest for people to focus on. But the present? Well, it sometimes just seems a little too ordinary or plain.

God spoke through the prophet Zechariah, “Who dares despise the day of small things?” (Zech. 4:10 NIV) This is especially noteworthy when you consider that Zechariah and Haggai were called to spur on the people to go ahead and finish the monumental task of rebuilding God’s temple (following their return from decades of captivity).

Look at the following passage: Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Two small coins. I loved how the NIV says that Jesus was doing nothing more than sitting down watching. Pretty humble. Nothing fancy. And then He used this small moment to tell a small number of people about two insignificant coins.

Most live life waiting for those spiritual moments that taste like a fine, 28 day aged steak. However, most of life is a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich. Humble. Quite. No fireworks. Jesus was a peanut-butter-and-jelly guy/God. He had His share of the spectacular, but more often than not, He found God and shared God in the peanut-butter-and-jelly moments of life.

Remember, passion is NOT the same thing as emotion. It runs much deeper. Spiritually speaking, steak dinners will come your way from time to time. And oh, enjoy them! But more often than not, you are faced with this choice: Will you live from steak to steak, from mountaintop to mountaintop, or will you love Jesus and the people around you with all of your heart day in and day out, one peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich at a time?


Published by B.J. Condrey, PhD

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

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