Monday, June 6, 2016

Sharing a Takis Blessing!

For those who have never eaten a takis, you need to grab a package of this rolled tortilla snack from Mexico. The snack is super spicy hot and super sour at the same time. I am told you can typically buy takis in Walmart and maybe some Hispanic grocery stores. The different versions of the snacks are colored coded depending upon the spice mix used to flavor the rolled tortilla. They range hot to hotter to super-hot!

My love of takis came by way of a second-grade class in a Title 1 school in North Carolina. My wife and I volunteer to help students with their reading skills in the class of twenty youngsters. Last year, they had a Thanksgiving celebration and students from Mexican heritage brought in the takis. We were invited to attend the celebration.

The kids challenged me to eat a takis. I could hardly get one tortilla down. My throat was on fire and my lips puckered from its intense sour taste. The kids thought it was hysterical. I tried another; the same reaction.

At their recent end-of-year party, the first thing the kids wanted was for me to eat a takis! Not just eat the snack but also go through all the gyrations reacting to hot and sour. The kids could consume an entire package with nary a grimace on their faces. Even though I had gotten use to eating takis, the kids were not happy unless I went through all the exaggerated reactions.

The takis experience turned out to be a way for different cultures to feel comfortable with each other.

1st Corinthians (9:22-23) speaks to that same broad point of how the apostle Paul developed relationships with people from different backgrounds and culture.

“To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”

While helping at a Title 1 school was not specifically for the sake of the Gospel, it was a blessing! Whoever thought a takis could break down the differences between cultures?

Robert Parlante
June 2016

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