Sunday, October 9, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lessons from The Chopping Block

I was sick earlier this week and while I was spending some very rare "down" time at home I ended up watching a series called "Chopping Block". The plot was a master chef from Europe had come over here and was offering 8 couples with one a chef and one a restaurant server (with varied relationships; husband/wife, sisters, friends, etc) a chance at their own restaurant. Each week he would eliminate a couple, until he picked the winning couple. What was really interesting about the show is he ended up picking not necessarily the best chef, but the couple he felt had listened to his guidance most through the process and grown the most from start to finish. At the end, between the two finalists, there was clearly one who was a better overall "cook" and probably should have won the contest - but he chose the other because he felt she had taken his guidance and suggestions all through the process and developed the most from his efforts in mentoring them. In his comments he remarked that he could develop the first one's technical skills - but that willingness to learn couldn't be taught to the other one.
This willingness to learn and be humble is an essenital ingrediant in the walk of faith as well. Jesus tells us to learn from Him first and foremost.. "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls". (Matt 11:29) We are also instructed to learn from those who have gone before us in the faith and can teach us, "Whatever you have learned, or received or heard from me or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." (Phil 4:9). There's no sense in "reinventing the wheel" in my Christian walk. I have much to learn - first from the Master and also from the successes and missteps of those who have gone before me on the journey.

Monday weigh in (posted Tuesday!) 173