I got to spend my nights at Annual Conference at Morgan’s house. It is so nice to be with people I love and not in a hotel. I got home one evening and was looking for a snack so I opened the refrigerator and found some peanut butter. They like organic stuff, so I decided to give it a shot. It was pretty good as far a peanut butter goes. The next evening, I decided to enjoy some more and as I was, Morgan walked in the kitchen, looked slightly horrified, and said, “Uh! That is the dog’s peanut butter!” Just as I was pulling the spoon out of my mouth.
Several thoughts went through my mind. Do the dogs lick out of this jar? How sick am I going to be now that I know this? And, Why isn’t it labeled?
Morgan responded with: They do not lick out of it, nor do I put a used spoon in the jar. You should be fine. And, I usually label it but since it is just the 2 of us, I don’t need to since we both know.
I had not even asked these questions out loud and yet she knew what to say.
This was a moment of insider versus outsider knowledge. It made me think of how often we use insider language to talk about faith, church, and Jesus.
Where can we label something so someone else doesn’t end up eating the dog’s peanut butter? Figuratively, of course.