The right recipe for having a successful life
March 16, 2020
I am sure that we have all had, or have that special someone in our lives whose cooking we have felt like it was second to none. Perhaps I am being a little bias but my late Grandma Thelma’s cooking has to top the chart of the best of all times. I am talking about some food that was so good you would just talk to yourself while eating it. Her recipes, ingredients & preparation directions is responsible for me becoming a pretty good cook in my own right. However, the older I get I find a wealth of spiritual knowledge from my late Grandma Thelma’s kitchen. And I would like to share some of that spiritual knowledge and profound wisdom. As you know, every cookbook is equipped with three essential things – The recipe, the ingredients, and the directions.
The recipe is described as a set of instructions for preparing a particular dish. The ingredients: is the combined substance added to the dish. And the directions is the how to; a course along which something moves. E.g., Preheat oven to 350 degrees, cook for 45 minutes, allow to cool, etc.
That is why every baker needs a cook book and every Christ follower needs the word of God. Just like the cookbook – within God’s word contains the recipe, ingredient & directions that guarantees success. Grandma Thelma would often say to me, and I quote “boy, if you want this entrée to taste as good as mine – you make sure you follow my every direction and then you’ll have a successful dish.”
I discovered God’s recipe in Joshua 1:8. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth.” God’s Ingredients: “but you shall meditate in it (think deeply about it and focus your mind on it) day and night.” His Directions: “that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
While vacationing a couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to watch the potter working at his wheel. I was fascinated by what he was creating and I asked “How can you create that masterpiece out of a ball of clay?” His response, “I actually saw a picture in my head of what I wanted to create before I put my clay on the wheel and after that, I just keep working at it because I know what I saw is in there somewhere.”
Let me encourage you to not just dream and think about it, but dream and think about it in pictures to see your destiny, your finish product, yourself graduating, that relationship reconciled. And then like the potter, just keep working at it until it becomes a part of you. The finish product is on the inside of you. And do not soon forget the Proverb say’s “as you think in your heart so are you.”