Same Bowl, Different Soup!

“Same bowl, different soup!

“Recently, I heard someone say, “Same bowl, different Soup.” In context, I understood what they meant (I think). It hit me as unusual because I’d never heard the saying prior to that day. It sounds like something that should have been around at least as long as I have (sixty-six years) so I was a little surprised by it.

It resonated with me, so I went home and wrote it down on a little notepad. I found that pad today, and it got me thinking about it all over again. It still bothered me that I couldn’t remember ever hearing it before, so I got on the Internet and checked it out. It was all over the place. soup-bowl

The interesting thing is that it’s sometimes said backwards (or inside out, or conversely—I’m not sure which, if any of those apply). Anyway, some people say, “Same soup, different bowl.” That really got me thinking. Do they mean the same thing? Is one correct and the other wrong?

“Different bowl, same soup!”

The Urban Dictionary says it’s “same bowl, different soup” meaning “same ol’ same ol’.” That’s what I figured it meant, but it seems to make more sense to me to say, “same soup, different bowl.” I’d run a contest to select the right one, but I doubt anyone cares as much as me about this right now (or ever). At least half of you probably stopped reading this already.

The point of all this is how easily we can be distracted by things that don’t really matter (at least I can—and do). Time management is probably not one of my best attributes. Since I began writing this, I’ve done ten different things—none of which I had planned to do at this moment. It’s a little embarrassing, but there seem to be a lot of squeaky wheels in my life.

“What would Jesus do?”

I often wonder how Jesus would manage life in the twenty-first century. We have a zillion distractions—many of which seem to be worthwhile (at least they seem that way at the time they pop up). I want to think he would find a way to simplify things. On the other hand, I wonder if he’d be a master at multi-tasking.soup

He once said, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” I’m not sure how much I look back, but I sure look forward, sideways, katty-cornered, up, and down.

And there’s another thing. My spell check just told me it’s “kitty-cornered.” All my life I’ve been taught that it’s katty-cornered. Well, I’m not changing it. So there!

Okay… Where was I? Oh yeah. I get distracted easily. Life seems to be about distractions. Someone told me when I became a pastor that, if I had a list of ten things to do for the day, I should be happy if I get one done. Why? Distractions.

Same soup, different bowl. Excuse me, I just got an e-mail.

[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is currently the pastor of Smith Chapel, in Great Falls, VA.]

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