Okay, I admit it. I love to eat and I like meat. My wife learned pretty quickly when we were married I was a meat and potatoes kind of guy. Honestly I could probably live a long time on roast beef and mashed potatoes for every meal. While I love food, I don't consider myself a cook. I can make pancakes, I can make scrambled eggs, I can make spaghetti in a pinch, and of course cheese toast. Beyond that, my culinary ability is pretty well nonexistent.
So last weekend, the church is having a men's chili cook off and everyone is pressing me if I'm going to enter chili in this event and without thinking through this; I said I would enter my chili. I have no recipe, no ingredients, nothing. I thought about what I like in my chili and headed off to the grocery store to buy some supplies. Long story short, I end up winning the chili cook off for the best traditional chili dish. No one is more shocked than I am at this occurrence! I can tell you I had lots of beef in it and a fair amount of a certain Cajun spice that I'm partial to. Other than that, there's nothing special about my recipe that helped me win.
Now I've thought about this on a spiritual level because to help you win in life as a Christian; you need a recipe that includes lots of beef - the beef of the Word of God ingested daily. The only thing that helps me walk through the rigors of my life is a consistent diet of meat and potatoes from God's Word every morning. You see I spend my devotional time reading and meditating on what I read directly from the Bible to feed my spirit. I don't use devotionals because that is like having someone else's devotions. Leftovers if you will.
I love what the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:131 "I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments." My mouth was watering all day as I smelled my chili cooking and so it is every morning, my spiritual mouth is watering for the Lord and His Word. Digesting a steady of diet of Bible every day is a recipe for winning. If you try it, I guarantee a sure fire recipe to be a winner for Jesus. So show me the beef!