Y is for Yogurt and Yield!
Yogurt or yoghurt or yoghourt; is a dairy product (nut milks, such as almond milk, and coconut milk can also be used) produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. The bacteria used to make yogurt are known as “yogurt cultures”. Fermentation of lactose by these bacteria produces lactic acid, which acts on milk protein to give yogurt its texture and its characteristic tang.[Wikpedia.]
Yogurt is nutritionally rich in protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. It has nutritional benefits beyond those of milk. Lactose-intolerant individuals can sometimes tolerate yogurt better than other dairy products.
To offset its natural sourness, yogurt is also sold sweetened, flavoured or in containers with fruit or fruit jam on the bottom.
Nondairy yogurts -Since at least 1977 yogurt has been made from soymilk.
Yogurt is pretty much enjoyed all over the world.
I love yogurt with fruit/granola or wheat germ. More and more my family enjoys Greek yogurt or yogurt made from goat’s milk.
In today’s society of nutritional awareness Yogurt does not yield to sugar.
Yield – one amazing often troublesome word.
Yield may refer to [so says Wikipedia]:
BUT what does Yield really mean:
- to give or render as fitting, rightfully owed, or required
- to give up possession of on claim or demand
- to surrender or relinquish
- to surrender or submit (oneself) to another
- to give (oneself) up to a temptation or habit
- to relinquish one’s possession of (as a position of advantage or point of superiority)
- to be fruitful or productive
- to give up and cease resistance or contention -submit
- give way to pressure, persuasion
- to give way under physical force (as bending, stretching, or breaking)
- to give place or precedence or acknowledge the superiority of someone else
- to give way to or become succeeded by someone or something else
In this self-usurping/self-sufficient/don’t tell-me-what-to-do society; Yield is a very difficult word! Don’t go off the cuff let’s slow down just for a few moments. Yield is not necessarily a bad thing. Yes I agree in some rare cases it is.
In its place there is nothing wrong with a surrender or submit (oneself) to another:
In New Brunswick I came to a covered, one lane bridge with a yield sign on both end. Yes yield signs had been placed at both ends of the bridge. Drivers from both directions were requested to give right of way. It was a reasonable and gracious way of preventing a head-on collision.
I personally try my best to follow the commands of the Bible one of which is to “be subject to one another”- it is simply a reasonable and gracious command to let the other have the right of way and avoid interpersonal head-on collisions.
In the summer of 1986, two ships collided in the Black Sea off the coast of Russia. Hundreds of passengers died as they were hurled into the icy waters below. News of the disaster was further darkened when an investigation revealed the cause of the accident. It wasn’t a technology problem like radar malfunction–or even thick fog. The cause was human stubbornness. Each captain was aware of the other ship’s presence nearby. Both could have steered clear, but according to news reports, neither captain wanted to give way to the other. Each was too proud to yield first. By the time they came to their senses, it was too late.
The word ‘Yield’ is also obedience to what is right. Here is a funny; hilarious story.
Neil Marten, a member of the British Parliament, was once giving a group of his constituents a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament. During the course of the visit, the group happened to meet Lord Hailsham, then lord chancellor, wearing all the regalia of his office. Hailsham recognized Marten among the group and cried, “Neil!” Not daring to question or disobey the “command,” the entire band of visitors promptly fell to their knees! You get it NEIL not KNEEL.
Back to the thought of submitting/surrender or acknowledge someone of superiority.
When I say I follow God and the principles of Jesus Christ it does not absolve me of my responsibilities in life nor the consequences of my decisions or lack thereof. There are so many variables and uncertainties in life we need the power of heaven to guide us. To follow an example of perfection always helps and guides and produces growth.
Open to learn and change.
Be open to learning and change no matter where the advice comes from. Simply this; when we are criticized we ought to ask ourselves is there any truth to the criticism. If it does, we should learn from it, even when it’s not in the right motivation or right spirit. IF you acted wrongly; admit and go on with a new vigor to change.
Surrender your walk, journey, lessons, reputation to please the creator and bring honor to yourself and your community and family.
There are some things we should never allow to dictate how we should live our lives and succeed.
CRADLES OF EMINENCE
In a famous study by Victor and Mildred Goertzel, entitled Cradles of Eminence, the home backgrounds of 300 highly successful people were investigated. These 300 subjects had made it to the top. They were men and women whose names everyone would recognize as brilliant in their fields, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Winston Churchill, Albert Schweitzer, Clara Barton, Gandhi, Einstein, and Freud. The intensive investigation into their early home lives yielded some surprising findings:
* Three fourths of the children were troubled either by poverty, by a broken home, or by rejecting, over possessive, or dominating parents.
* Seventy-four of 85 writers of fiction or drama and 16 of the 20 poets came from homes where, as children, they saw tense psychological drama played out by their parents.
* Physical handicaps such as blindness, deafness, or crippled limbs characterized over one-fourth of the sample.
And yet from such poor circumstances, God was able to bring success.
SOURCE: Cradles of Eminence by Victor and Mildred Goertzel. Little Brown & Company, June 1962
There are some things we never yield to. There are some pressures we never bow to. To give way to dysfunctional pressure, abuse, violence, demeaning behaviour where we find ourselves lost and undone. WE can learn to be fearless in the face of fear, abuse and dysfunction.
The flip side to this is when a family is free of abuse and oppression, it can be the place of joyful learning where we share our deepest secrets. Where we are willing to sacrifice to give without losing who we are as individuals but making the family unit beautiful and loved.
I love what J. Dobson says. “By learning to yield to the loving authority…of his/her parents, a child learns to submit to other forms of authority which will confront him later in his life, his teachers, school principal, police, neighbors and employers.”
Gandhi said that all compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.
“Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” Winston Churchill
Tozer speaks of faith. A surrender that does not demean or loss but enhances. Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.
True Godly surrender and worship is more than singing and praising God. Worship involves us doing, not just singing. It involves us caring for others, and meeting the needs of others. If we truly worship God, we will be involved in the activities of kindness, compassion and love selflessly. What God can do with a life who loves and lives in humility. Nothing but amazing.
Rick Warren said that The heart (core) of worship is an attitude of complete surrender to God, which is an unnatural concept in light of today’s competitive culture. But it is the natural response of the Christian into God’s love and mercy.
“God is a Lover and a Liberator, and surrendering to Him brings freedom, not bondage. When we completely surrender ourselves to Jesus, we discover that He is not a tyrant, but a Savior; not a boss, but a Brother; not a dictator, but a Friend.” (pg. 79) Purpose Driven LIfe.
I know there is a certain amount of faith and trust required to trust God to be a major source of living life on this beautiful planet.
For me God is amazing and God’s love is amazing and God helps me be a better me.
The ‘yield’ is more than progeny but the yield of our life. If our yield is great we leave some wonderful memories behind.
May you be blessed this week with wonderful experiences.
Thanks for reading my bLoG!
Photo by Esther Hull-Saunders