Joining Kate Motaung and other courageous writers who are part of the Five Minute Friday Community. Today’s prompt is “Bacon.”
I am writing this post without any idea of where I am heading and as such the outcome will be interesting to discover. Thought I would start with the phrase “Bring home the bacon.” Nothing wrong with starting with the familiar, I suppose.
According to the website, “The Phrase Finder,” the phrase “bring home the bacon,” means to earn money, especially for one one’s family. It also means to be successful, particularly, financially successful. It is no surprise that financial success is emphasized. After all, money, or the lack of it is often the measure of success or lack of success. But I think of the parable in the Bible which tells of the rich man who, after reaping a bountiful harvest, planned to tear down the old barns and build new, bigger barns. He never had the opportunity to execute his plan. We are told that very night his “soul was required of him.”* “Bringing home the bacon” may mean to be successful but true success, for those who know personally the One who gives us the power to make wealth, has a different meaning.
He makes this clear, I believe in the questions, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world [wealth, fame, success], but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” True success begins from a place of contrition, with the bowing of the heart, the surrender, the giving back of a life to the Giver to do with as He pleases. And it is maintained from the same position.
- Read the story in its context here.