I have to confess and come clean about something. Sometimes When I buy a bunch of bananas I hide them! Yep…I sure do.
I am absolutely convinced that we have a monkey living around here, because every time that I buy bananas they’re gone in two seconds flat! No kidding! They’re gone so fast that “Mama-monkey” doesn’t even get one! A couple of times I have forgotten about them. Forgot about those bunch of stinking bananas as they begin to turn brown….yuck.
I don’t know about you, but I like bananas when they’ve just about lost any sight of green on them.
The last time I hid the bananas and discovered they were on their way to Brownsville, I got upset with myself… What a waste. I felt bad, because no one got a banana.
As I reached for my now brown bananas, a thought popped into my head, (another one for the freezer!) well, yeah…I was thinking that too. But I was thinking, this reminds me that God gives us gifts and talents to be used for His glory. We can hide them and not use them, sharing with no one and possibly even letting them rot….much like the bananas.
“God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.” 2 Timothy 2:7 MSG
God doesn’t want us to hide our gifts or our talents. If we are shy with them, how can He get the glory?
If we have gifts and talents we are supposed to be bold with them, and loving….and yes even sensible with them!
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 NIV
Our God-given gifts and talents are meant to be used for Him, first to bring Him glory, but we’re also supposed to share them with others.
So, am I going to keep hiding bananas? Well… If I do and forget about them…I know all is not lost and they still can be used! The brown ones still have life. Did you know that?
All is not lost with our gifts and talents either. If we don’t hide them and we’re willing to use and share them, life is still in them….just like those bananas, which can be used for delicious banana bread.
Here’s a great use for brown bananas before they get too far gone. I place them in the freezer, peeling and all. I can’t recall who told me about this…(obviously another banana hider!) but if you will take 2-3 out at a time, they can be used for banana bread.
The Pioneer Woman has a great banana bread recipe. If you’ve never visited Ree Drummond’s website, then you’re in for a treat. She’s down to earth and very funny. Her cooking is not too shabby either! She even has a TV show that is on Food Network on Saturday mornings. She is truly a “food ~ entertainer” with wit and charm down on the range.
Below is the link to her website with her delicious banana bread recipe. Enjoy!