Saturday, February 11, 2012

My Faith from My Kitchen

Making dinner brings a sense of completeness to my chaotic days of work... 
And spending some quiet time on my weekends 
planning the menu for the week ahead gives me a great organizational peace
Enjoying an evening in the kitchen is a therapy, of sorts, 
to allow me time to sort through my ingredients, 
my process, and the many happenings of my busy day. 

It helps to have a husband around who gobbles up 
every meal I place in front of him. 
He is all too often impressed by my makings, even when I truly am disappointed. 
(Side Note: Ladies, it's true the way to a man's heart is through his stomach!)

Mr. T, the above mentioned human garbage disposal, is a natural helper.
He longs to spend time in the kitchen next to me helping prep anything and everything.
He talks of being in charge of meals... Planning and making them all on his own.
However, the few times I've relinquished such control, I realized that Mr. T's
 ideal meal is more purposeful than palate pleasing. 
His "perfectly planned" plate consists of a grilled lean chicken breast 
(because it's packed with protein)
a side of spinach splashed with a little (emphasis on little) splash of italian dressing, 
and possibly some brown rice 
(though carbs are not high on his priority list, unlike mine)

While risking repetition, Mr. T is not into flavor so much as practicality
He is focused on putting what's best into his body ensuring it's running at high efficiency.
I, on the other hand, want to enjoy my culinary experience 
which requires a little bit of extra caloric intake.

These dinner experiences serve as an amazing illustration of God and his faithfulness. 
like Mr. T's meal, Christ's sacrifice was enough for us. 
It covers all of our sin and allows us to work at full efficiency 
knowing that we can enter into the Kingdom of Heaven 
simply by knowing God as our personal savior. 
We could simply enjoy the bare bones without further pursuing greater culinary treats.

However, much like the way top chefs do in the culinary world, 
God has provided us with a recipe book (aka: the Bible) 
that not only provides us with instructions on the basics of cooking 
but it also has suggestions for spicing up our lives 
(not like the girl group from the mid-90s as great as they were...)
you see, 
there are many ways to make things "better" 
though it often requires a more complicated cooking process 
and sometimes a bit of thinking ahead.

"Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, 
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" -Matthew 4:4

Even Jesus himself says, man cannot live on his own, 
but needs the word of God. 
I have a hankering Jesus was saying that the word of God is
what makes life more than just a grilled lean chicken breast, 
let's think of them as the marinade of life. 
And what is the rule about marinating... 
the longer you let meat sit in a marinade, the better it tastes. 
well, marinate away my dear friends.

"Study this Book of Instruction continually. 
Meditate (sounds much like marinate) on it day and night 
so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. 
Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do." -Romans 1:8

Don't take this as an action-based faith lesson... 
Marinating does not change the completeness we have achieved through Christ's death. 
Nothing we do will ever change how healthy the lean chicken breast is, 
just like nothing we ever do will add to or take away from the price paid by Christ on the cross.
 However, with a little bit of thinking ahead and a greater cooking process, 
we can work to transform ourselves to be more like Him. 
Is it easy? 
But more importantly, it's possible with Him on our side.

"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13


  1. You are so wise young one! Wise beyond your years!!!

  2. i love to cook and i love to stew(not really but it come so natural to me...not to God but to me). sometimes when we are done marinating, a toss on to a very hot grill is the next step in a very delicious hurts-it burns-it is necessary for the deliciousness to reveal itself. we can stand-we can endure-we can rely only on do you say it all so well-with grace? i have been told i am not grceful especially with my you my favorite girl!


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