The Christmas Ham

As JoAnn was preparing their traditional Christmas dinner, her husband asked, why do you always cut off the ends of the ham? She paused for a moment and then responded, That’s a good question. I’ve always cut off the ends of the ham because that’s the way my mother did it.

With her curiosity piqued, JoAnn called her mother and asked why. Her mother replied with a similar sense of intrigue – That’s the way my mother always did it.

JoAnn then called her grandmother, mentioned cutting off the ends of the ham and being perplexed as to why. Her grandmother broke out into laughter. Once she gained her composure, she answered – Because the pan was too small.

As creatures of habit, we often do the things we do for no other reason than, “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” Rather than perpetuating the past for the sake of continuity and simplicity, we encourage you to examine the Scriptures and ensure that your caring efforts closely align with Jesus’ commands. When the narrative that informs us is based on human ideas and opinions rather than God’s Word, it calls into question whose agenda we are advancing.