Stuffing is Inferior to Dressing—for Two Big Reasons

It’s always a hardy debate, but social media this holiday season seems to show an even bigger uproar than usual over the ongoing war between dressing fans and stuffing fans.

Before we go on, I must admit that I am a dressing fan. So yes, I am extremely biased. That said, it’s still very clear that stuffing is inferior to dressing.  And there are two main reasons:

Stuffing Produces Small Portion Sizes

If you’ve ever fooled with a turkey before, you know there isn’t much room inside a turkey for much of anything other than a free packet of liver. Despite this, our northern friends swear that stuffing must happen so stuffing happens.  But when it’s crunch time, how much stuffing can a family really share together?

There’s enough room inside a turkey for maybe three people to eat stuffing. That may be good enough for the North, but that’s disrespectful down South. Not only can those three people not get second helpings, but no one else can even get a taste. This is especially disheartening since everyone knows that a proper Thanksgiving dish must be big enough to feed 15 people twice.

Stuffing inside the bird - just so disappointing

Stuffing inside the bird – just so disappointing.

Stuffing Ingredients are Too Distinguishable

Some people will argue that stuffing doesn’t have to be inside the bird to be considered stuffing.  That may be true, but that goes to show that dressing and stuffing really aren’t the same thing. If you ever really look at stuffing long enough, it becomes abundantly clear that it really is nothing like dressing—even if it’s in a casserole dish or giant aluminum pan. The main reason? The ingredients, which don’t seem to include cornbread or cornmeal, are too flipping big.

Look at the stuffing photo below.  Notice how held together the white bread seems to be.  It looks like someone just ripped that bread apart and threw it in oven at the very last minute before dinner time.

Dressing, on the other hand, takes time. And the ingredients are so intertwined that you can’t tell what’s what anymore. Like an award-winning concert band, dressing is all in one accord.

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Stuffing – on a sad family dinner table somewhere up north.

How Data Can Improve Your Prayer Life

In most areas of life, you would never rush to your leader with a huge request without first collecting data.  There are three reasons for avoiding this.

First, your leader might actually grant your hasty request.  Unfortunately, this can create additional issues if the request doesn’t solve your problem or if it births extra problems.

Second, your leader may deny your request because the results seem unclear or unsafe.

Third, your leader may deny your request simply because you already possess what you need.

Things don’t have to end up this way.  The results of prayer can be so much better than this.

Don’t get me wrong.  I believe prayer is foundational—whether in scarcity or in abundance.  I wholeheartedly believe in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 when it says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

At the same time though, I agree with Matthew 6 when it says, “When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.”

Instead, God is a God of data.  A God of information.  And he wants us to be that way too.

This is particularly true when praying for loved ones or for your community.

For example, James 5:16 says, “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”

If God wanted us to pray for one another without information, he would have nixed any recommendation for confession.

Access to personal confession isn’t always available, but prayer is still required.  This is particularly true when praying for large groups of people.  In this situation, you may need to rely on survey data or sampling data to get an idea of what burdens need to be given to the Lord.

Without reliable data, our prayers lack precision.  Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t think God needs our prayers to be precise to answer our prayers.  God is all-powerful and all-knowing even when we don’t communicate well with him.

Instead, the precision is for us.  If we aren’t precise, it makes it difficult for us to know what’s truly going on.  For example, we might feel we have a need for an immediate financial rescue.  If we aren’t precise, we make it difficult to see the possible answers that God may have for us.

Sure, we may notice a pay increase.  That’s fairly obvious and upfront.  But if we aren’t precise, we may not realize that we have a leaky faucet in a guest bathroom.  We may not realize that we have a streak of jealousy that’s causing us to buy unnecessary purchases.  We may not realize that God may simply want us to be patient.

So I plead with everyone who is reading this.  Seek the data in your lives.  It’s the key to deeper communication with each other as well as with the Lord.

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