Tonight when while I was cooking an unusually tough piece of steak I thought about a few things that our lives can have in common with the way that food is prepared. Sounds ridiculous? Just follow me here. See life has this funny way of forcing people in different directions. So does the way we prepare food. For example if my steak is tough I can use a meat mallet and just give it a good pounding. But if I am making dough and I knead it too much it can be too hard. Whatever the individual thing that I am cooking is determines the process it needs to go through. Life is like that too when it comes to working out our faith. It can be hard and difficult and very different depending on the person. It can determine how tough we can become. But see, being hard and being tough are not the same thing. When you’re just tough a few whacks or a few poundings like I pounded that steak I cooked can soften you right up. Life can knock you down and you can be tough but soft with compassion on the inside. Or some people are just made different if they go through to much it makes them hard. If we become the second kind of person it is harder for us to hear and discern the voice of God. Don’t let the distance, the process, or the time it takes for God to prepare you change the way you end up. As I go through things in my own life. I am reminded that even though I feel some times like I am being whacked with a meat mallet that it is just part of my preparation. It is just part of the wonderful recipe God calls me. Maybe today you could think the same. That your situation or what ever you are going through isn’t meant to hurt you; I wasn’t trying to hurt my steak I was trying to make it better. Just remember God has a wonderful recipe he calls you and what is happening right now is your preparation.
“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”-Charles H. Spurgeon
“Call to me and I will tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”- Jeremiah 29:11
May you be blessed and encouraged.
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