It’s Not All About the Cookies

by Joanna Pierce on September 05, 2018

There are people who tell time by clocks, stars, weather, or the seasons. But, there’s another group of people in the world who chart the year by one specific event: Girl Scout cookie sales.

As a former Girl Scout, I remember that time of the year and honestly dreaded it. No measure of cookie-goodness could outweigh the time and energy of door-to-door selling, cookie-sorting, meticulous order-tracking (mostly on my mother’s behalf), and the endless days of distribution.

However, most people don’t realize Girl Scout cookies don’t make up the entirety of the Girl Scout experience.

All the other times of the year, I absolutely loved being a Girl Scout because it didn’t involve cookies. I had a blast learning new things, completing crafts, singing songs, building friendships, helping others, and earning badges. Girl Scouts had such a profound effect on me that I still remember the Girl Scout promise today:

On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And, to live by the Girl Scout Law

Notice, nowhere in the Girl Scout promise mentions that abhorred word—cookies. But, when people hear Girl Scouts, what’s the one thing they think about? Cookies. (Be honest, you do too.) An aspect which accounts for approximately 11% of the calendar year is what our minds gravitate toward when thinking about the program.

It’s easy to let things get out of perspective and lose sight of the more important matters. In the realm of Girl Scouting, this is true for most people. They don’t realize the core focus is about serving God, others, and living a life in alignment with God’s Word.

Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (Matthew 22:36–40, KJV).

As humans, we tend to get our focus askew in other areas, especially when it comes to the Word of God. I love verses of Scripture that talk about our salvation experience, but our walk with God isn’t encompassed by repentance, baptism in Jesus’ name, and the initial infilling of the Holy Ghost.

Like Girl Scouts, our fundamental salvation experience with God makes up—in truth—less than 1% of our walk with Him. Every day after that is what living for God is really about: loving the Lord and loving others. And, 99% of our experience with God is wrapped up in this and everything in-between. If it wasn’t so, Jesus wouldn’t have said it!

When it comes to your relationship God, what do you think about? Does your mind always drift to your original experience with Him, or is it drawn to the depths and riches you’ve discovered in Him, what He’s done in your life, or what He’s led you to do in the lives of others?

Let’s step away from our initial experience and go deeper in Him. There’s more to Hm and what He wants to do through us than what He did on day one. Just remember, it’s not all about our initial salvation. And, it’s also not all about the cookies.