Thanks, Kathy — I’d only heard of the show Chopped when you preached on Sunday, and now I’ve seen a few episodes, and I’m kind of hooked. Watching people make a reduction of gummi worms in root beer schnapps so that it can be the sauce for pork skins a la tangelo or whatever has become a new fascination of mine.
So here’s a stumper for y’all; it’s something I’ve been chewing on. Can you have a filled life instead of a full life? Or rather, more of a filled life than a full life? (Or, on the other hand, one that’s more full than filled?) I was thinking about this last night as I should have been going to bed BUT THEY WERE REVEALING THE DESSERT BASKET OH GOSH — here are cooks and chefs who love what they do; they love it enough to combine Mountain Dew, ostrich tenderloin, purple cauliflower and almond extract into something palatable and presentable for yes, $10,000 and the love of what they do. I would assume these cooks lives are full.
I realized on retreat last week that there are some things in my life that fill it but don’t make it full — empty calories, if you will. And some of those things I’ve given up; and some of those things I’m giving up; and some of those things I’m going to box up and donate; and some of those things have to be thrown away; and some of those things have to be tearfully and prayerfully let go. I want to go to the gym more frequently — so I have to let go of watching Chopped until 11 p.m. (I go to the gym EARLY when I do.) I want to do more with the arts — so I have to cut time away from sitting around or sleeping in and the literal and metaphysical snooze buttons in my life. I want to do effective and awesome ministry with y’all — so I have to take time away to recuperate, recover and rest so that I am at my best. Do you see the pattern? An intentionality of being full — of seeing what ingredients are before us, and doing the best with what we’ve got.
This week, we’ll keep talking about bread. We’ll keep talking about stewardship. We’ll even be having a culminative review of sorts as we check out feast, famine, Joseph and how Pharaoh speaks louder than Jesus in this world. But we’ll listen for him, too. I look forward to seeing you Sunday.