The Loudmouth Protestant

February 3, 2010

“That’s That Supplement”

Those were the words echoed throughout dinner on a girl’s night out with two of my nearest and dearest friends. We were enjoying the spoils of New York Restaurant Week at DavidBurke Townhouse, a comfortably cozy but totally “money” restaurant on the Upper East Side. As is the custom with restaurants during restaurant week, the menu is usually set to a few select items that plebians who can only afford to eat there during restaurant week would order. But DavidBurke, being the establishment that it is, decided that they wouldn’t limit it to a few select items, they opened the entire menu. You could choose whatever you wanted, with one exception, there were certain items on the menu that came with a “supplement”, meaning that you could have them, you just had to pay extra. I locked eyes with an appetizer called the “Crisp and Angry Lobster” and below that lovely name and its description were the words, “$10 Supplement for Restaurant Week” in small writing. I had some internal dialogue questioning whether I wanted to pay the extra $10 for this luxury or spend the $10 on a glass of Prosecco. But I decided that I’d rather have lobster than get light-headed. So we all placed our orders and commenced to catching up. I was mid-sentence when this came to the table:

Crisp and Angry Lobster from DavidBurke Townhouse

Yeah, I really did take a picture of it...

Once this beautifully-presented appetizer hit the table, I was filled with such excitement about what I knew would be a magically-delicious moment. The presentation and the sheer bounty of lobster meat overwhelmed me and this was just the appetizer! My friends stared in amazement and one of them said, “That’s that supplement.” To that I proceeded to enjoy every tasty morsel of sweet lobster meat seasoned and cooked to perfection and drenched in a basil and lemon chili sauce. I was so thankful that I took the supplement because it made the entire meal that much better. I talk about this like it just happened, but the reality is, it was two days ago, but that supplement–and I’m not talking about the extra $10–has stayed with me. It made me think about the concept of the “supplement” and how supplements are an important parts of our lives.

There are vitamin supplements that we use to help us get some of the nutrients in our bodies that we are otherwise missing. There is the supplementary income via extra jobs some of us have to make ends more than meet. There are supplements that some women use to enhance certain parts of their bodies to make them feel better and attractive to more men.  And then there is the most important supplement of them all, the spiritual supplement.

The spiritual supplement is vital to our walks as Christians. There is no way we can sustain ourselves on a diet of Sunday sermons and Sunday sermons alone. We must supplement the appetizer we get on Sunday with hearty entrees every day of the week via our personal reflections on the Bible. Supplement that with commentaries, concordances and dictionaries to help us dive deeper into the word. Supplement that by reading theological, historical, and contemporary Christian books to glean more about our great faith and great God. Supplement that with other teachings and other methods of hearing the word of God–always testing the spirits of each person you hear from to ensure that they are from God.

There are many supplements that we can use to deepen our relationship with God. These supplements strengthen us and help us move from an embedded theology (the messages we hear in church or that we were raised with that rush to the frontline of our Christian experience) to a deliberative theology (what emerges from the embedded theology and challenges us to grow and ask real questions of the faith)–thank you Rev. Gina Stewart for that knowledge. It’s not just about what we are presented with on a Sunday morning as an option to help us on this walk, but it is what we use to supplement it that will help us move into a deeper, more meaningful relationship with God. That’s that supplement.

Lest I be remiss, one of the scriptures that came most boldly to my mind as I considered supplements is 2 Peter 1:5, “In view of all of this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.”

In view of all of that, consider and remember the supplements. Don’t just take what is offered, but go one step further and spend yourself for God. The extra cost will all be worth it and in the end, while God is saying, “Well Done”, you can say, as my friend did, “That’s that supplement.”


1 Comment »

  1. This post was both entertaining and effective. I didn’t realize, and not to sound cliche, the amount of suppliments that we do use and need on the daily as they say. This post reminded me that there are suppliments that need to be taken into effect on my part in order for me to improve and thus benifit my relationshp with Christ for example, I do read the word but I can further enhance my understanding of the word in order to ” move from an embedded theology (the messages we hear in church or that we were raised with that rush to the frontline of our Christian experience) to a deliberative theology (what emerges from the embedded theology and challenges us to grow and ask real questions of the faith)” by getting dictionaries, doing research (not soley online but with a creditable minister), etc.

    Thanks again for this gentle reminder.

    Stay blessed!

    Comment by Jessica — February 5, 2010 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

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