“You can’t have your cake and eat it too”
- English Idiomatic Proverb -
For the longest time, this proverb just made absolutely no sense to me. Being a Caker (cake baker), it seemed ridiculous that you would have cake and not be able to eat it? What’s the point? Cake should be eaten!!
On further investigation, I found that the purpose of this proverb was to say that you cannot possess the cake AND eat it, in other words, you can’t have the best of both worlds.
The earliest record of this phrase being used was in 1538… but as with so many things from the past, it is still very relevant today.
Do we not negotiate daily with ourselves, our loved ones and even with God to have our cake and eat it too? We want everything, but do we consider the “why” of the things that we want? Is it for His glory and His Kingdom? Or is it for our own selfish desires and shallow intentions?
In a recent discussion somebody said, our purpose here is not to merely tell others the Good News, but to announce the honour and glory that Jesus deserves and to invite others to also make this announcement with their daily lives!
Let Jesus be the “why” for the things that you want.
Maybe then we won’t need to have the best of both worlds….
HIS world (Kingdom) will be our purpose.
If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. – Philippians 1:22-24