July 1, 2007

I am not a very good cook. I enjoy it somewhat. When I cook it is very methodical. I follow recipes, make hamburger helper or a fool proof meal…Totinos pizza! When I cook it is for a purpose: feed people. period. I get it done.

Now Mark on the other hand loves cooking. He is passionate about it. He rarely uses a recipe and always tries new things. His recent luxury has been BBQ ribs…they are awesome! Now, I am not kidding. I used to live in Memphis TN and have tasted some pretty good BBQ including ribs from BB King’s Randveaus. No kidding these things are good! He thinks I just say that because I am his wife.

Listen to this…this is crazy to me but I swear he made this decision! One night I completely messed up a meal. I mean this one was a tough one…one that took hours to make…Hamburger Helper: Philly Cheesesteak…we used two of our ever so wonderful Chick-fil-a coupons that night… I asked him after dinner if he wanted to cook more. At that point he was cooking maybe once a week. He said he would love to! I thought he was nuts…who wants to work all day and then come home and cook? He then told me he would rather cook most of the meals and I instead would cook only a couple times a week when we were in a rush or something. So this is how great my husband is and how much he actually does love cooking. He works Mon-Fri 7-6 and chooses to then come home and cook! That’s working double time in my book! He’s amazing!

Either my cooking is that bad or he just really loves it! Hoping it is the later, I got thinking about passions and love. We just finished a series at our church about serving in your sweet spot. Serving where you are passionate. I have been thinking and comparing the difference in serving out of purpose and serving out of love and passion. Although obviously you can see the correlation in the story above God has been showing me something more… Besides just serving where we are passionate…Are we passionately serving our God? Are we so full and so in love with Him that our service is just the beating of our heart expressing our continual love for Him? Are we just that in love with Him?

For years I was a rhythmic “quiet timer”. I would wake up 1-2 hours early, plop open a Bible Study and have scheduled time with God. Although God taught me a lot during those times with Him, I would say half the time I read that thing and said a prayer just out of habit and duty. Not consciously, but with good intentions, I would have my “God time” and feel pretty good about myself. And heaven forbid I miss it because there would be nagging guilt that followed me that day…I could be wrong but I don’t believe that is the kind of system God wants us to follow. A wise woman who counseled Mark and I before marriage taught me about the truth of practicing God’s Presence. Not to throw that alone time in God’s Word to the wind but rather invite God into my day, my routine, my life. I have found in Him in my car, I have found Him through the kids I used to work with, I have found Him through my lost professors in college, I found him in music, I found Him anywhere I had the heart to look. Through this I have fallen in a deeper love with Him. I mean really just in love with Jesus. All methods and procedures aside.
Now to me Christianity always kind of confused me in that it is relational but yet there are many procedures and disciplines. However, I have found that there is a beautiful blend when all of the disciplines and procedures are aligned out of a passionate love for Jesus.

You can’t just love cooking a miraculously produce food. There is work, time and effort that go along with it. However, it is not a task when it is your passion. Sure there is work… hard work, time and effort that is apart of living and serving God. But it is not work when it is for the one you love. There is no need to complain when you are working and serving the one you have a relationship with and are in love with!

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