Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"Show me the beef"

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!

1 comment:

  1. Your post made me hungry for Cheryl's cooking. Reminds me of many tasty dinners at the end of a certain strange street in Franklinton, NC. We can literally say we got together regardless of the weather. LOL. Good times. Good memories. The Linos are better for being able to count the Greens as friends.