Faith Is Like Crisco

Faith is a lot like Crisco

By Denise Schmeer

I was recently reminded of a scene from the movie, The Help.  It was the exchange between the maid, Minny Jackson (actress – Octavia Spencer) and her employer, Celia Foote (actress – Jessica Chastain). Minny is teaching Celia about cooking and she starts to explain about Crisco.  The dialogue goes . . .

[Crisco] ain't just for frying. You ever get a sticky something stuck in your hair, like gum? . . .That's right, Crisco.  Spread this on a baby's bottom, you won't even know what diaper rash is . . . shoot, I seen ladies rub it under they eyes and on they husband's scaly feet...Clean the goo from a price tag, take the squeak out a door hinge. Lights get cut off, stick a wick in it and burn it like a candle . . . And after all that, it'll still fry your chicken.

It occurred to me that Faith is a lot like Crisco! Why?  Because, like Crisco, Faith isn’t just for praying.  Have you ever felt totally stressed out?  That’s right, Faith.  Worried about those bills growing faster than your paycheck . . . Faith. Are your teenagers acting sullen and sassy . . . Faith.  Need a little more joy in your life . . . Faith.  

Thank God that to each of us He has given a measure of Faith. And what a powerful gift – I mean, the Bible reminds us that we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthensus.  (Philippians 4:13) All we need to do is use that gift of Faith.  Whateverwe ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  (Mark 11:24) Faith again.  

Everywhere you turn . . . that Faith gift is there for each of us.  And, like Crisco, you just need a little . . . and a little goes a long, long way. But perhaps this is where the comparison stops because, with Crisco, eventually you have to go back to the supermarket to buy more.  But not with Faith – it never runs out, it never runs dry, it’s never too little.  

So I encourage you right now to lift your eyes to Heaven, smile, and thank your Heavenly Father for Faith.  That amazingly great gift that comforts you, calms you, strengthens you, heals you, and allows you to do things, know things, and understand things when the world around you appears to be spinning out of control. 

As for me, next time I’m in Publix or Wal-Mart and I see a can of Crisco . . . FAITH!


Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20)