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Mar 13

A SLICE OF LIFE

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One of my favorite movie quotes is from Red Planet. When the astronauts were stranded on Mars, Astronaut Gallagher (Val Kilmer) came up with an idea to make it to a place for rescue. His plan involved difficult mathematical calculations. He stated:

“This is it. That moment they told us in high school where one day, algebra would save our lives.”

So maybe today isn’t that day for us. But today is definitely a day to think about math and smile. Because tomorrow is pi day.

March 14 is celebrated by mathematicians and geeks worldwide. Written in numerical form, March 14 (written as 3.14) contains the first 3 digits of the mathematical calculation of pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. For those of us who aren’t math lovers, we can have some word play and focus on March 14 as the day to eat pie.

…All of which reminds me of Jesus.

  • Although the mathematical constant pi begins with 3.14, the calculation—3.14159265358979323846… is never ending and the digits never repeat in sequence.

    God the Father was, is and ever shall be. He is never ending and each of His creations is completely unique and distinctive, no matter how many critters, people and snowflakes He makes.

     

  • Pie with the e tacked on, is a luscious dessert made with a crust and filled with sweet goodness.  The crust is basically the foundation to the dessert. Without the crust, a pie would just be a mass of sticky goop.

Jesus is the foundation of our faith. Without Him, some of us might be sweet, but we’d all be a formless mess.

 

  • The pie’s filling, usually fruit, reminds us that when we live for Jesus, we live out our faith in a way that brings fruit of the Spirit—those things in Galatians:

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV).

  • Pie is a dessert. It’s the very final and most delicious part of the meal.

Just so, when we have Jesus in our lives, we are assured of heaven—our final home; the best most perfect part of the universe where our stay will be eternal.

The only tweak is that heaven is not our “just dessert.” The phrase “just dessert” (or “just desert” as some grammarians assert) refers to what we deserve.* No human who ever lived deserves heaven. Fortunately, Jesus assures us that we get it anyway. Thank you, Jesus.

Happy pi day!

 

*NOTE: There is disagreement of the origin of the phrase “just desserts” vs “just deserts.” Some say the archaic word was originally spelled “desert” but with the accent on the second syllable so it is pronounced “dessert.” Nevertheless, the phrase means “you get what you deserve” regardless of its spelling. So focus on the fun word play and the meaning behind it. We’ll leave the history of words to someone else. That way we can focus on the pie!

3 comments

  1. Bonnie

    Ha! 😳A whole new meaning to “pie in the sky”😜

    1. carolwritesbooks@gmail.com

      Yes, pies everywhere. Even our local grocery store has a huge ad today with pies on sale for pi day at $3.14.

    2. carolwritesbooks@gmail.com

      Yes, pies everywhere. Even our local grocery store has a huge ad today with pies on sale for pi day at $3.14.

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