Philippians 2:3-5a–Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing. Your attitude should be the kind that was shown to us by Christ Jesus, (LB).
Horrors! My first big dinner party as a new bride and the gravy formed into lumps the size of a horse’s head. (Alright, a slight exaggeration here!) I quickly set the colander into the sink and began to strain the gravy. It ran out through the holes and down the sink. I had nothing left but gravy lumps. I’ve learned a few tricks since then. Flour mixed with warm water won’t form lumps. If I add flour right to the roast pan, I first tip all the drippings to one end and gradually work the two together with a slotted spoon.
My attitude and my cooking have both improved with time. When I asked Jesus to forgive my sins, and come into my life, he pointed out that my bad attitude was the size of a horse’s head. (No exaggeration here!) I wanted everything to go my way. I made life-decisions based on what others might think. I concentrated on ‘me first.’
Jesus is a fine chef. He invites us to his dinner party, strains out our lumps and serves us up as main dishes of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
Prayer: Dear God, strain out our lumps and make us gourmet dishes suitable for the dinner party of life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.