I love to cook! Absolutely love it! I love planning meals, I love grocery shopping and imagining meals. I love preparing meals. I find it calming to chop veggies and stir brownie batter. I admit though, I hated canning as a kid — helping Mom preserve numerous cans of peaches and pears in the middle of the summer with no air – conditioning in the kitchen was pure drudgery! But I loved the result of home canned peaches and pears! After college I attempted my first solo canning experience. I put up four pints of tomato soup. Four pints! That is a VERY small amount! I had four jars. I looked at those jars lined up on the counter and was SO proud of myself. They looked so homey! I cried later in the day when I accidentally dropped one of those jars on the way to the pantry! I haven’t really attempted canning since. Now I have the same proud and happy feeling when I spend a day prepping freezer meals to pull out during the week or month for fast and delicious dinners that please my husband and fill our bellies with yummy food.
Recipes are forgiving. Last night I made a taco casserole that was a little spicy for our liking so next time I’ll decrease the spice. Cooking is experimental. I find recipes that I’ll make again and again, and others that are disgusting in my opinion (even if they get rave reviews from others). And making meals for just me is different than making them for me and my husband! For instance, a favorite meal of mine is meatloaf. He can’t stand it! I love the challenge of finding meals we both like! Here is a “recipe for success” — at least in my kitchen this recipe is a winner! (I will likely never have a cooking blog, though that sounds like fun!) But here is a new favorite I’ve made recently: Flourless Chocolate Torte from Well Plated. Enjoy!
A successful recipe is different than a recipe for success. Right? You might like that torte recipe and those you serve it too will as well. It might be a recipe that turns out perfect every time. That is a successful recipe! But a recipe for success? Is that possible? Many books claim 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, or The Success Principles. I’ve not read these books, but I’m sure the author’s lay out a roadmap of sorts. They give hints and helps to “make it.”
But today, in my Bible reading, I came across secrets to victorious living. I want to finish my life well. Just yesterday I happened upon a sermon on just that topic, so others want the same thing! This morning as I read, I listed what I saw. In Deuteronomy chapters 3-5 Moses is talking to the people of Israel. He is recounting their past, and pointing them towards the future.
Some of the principles I find within these chapters include these “ingredients” for successful living! These are only a sample of what I saw!
- No matter the obstacle, acknowledge God is Deliver and able to get around it. Do you need delivered out of something that holds you captive, or do you need a way to overcome something? God is able, and tells us not to fear the enemy or obstacle. (3:2-6)
- Remember God’s faithfulness in the past and all He’s done for you. Know that He fights for you! (3:21-22)
- Learn God’s statues and judgments and commands. Listen to them, follow them only. (4:5-6)
- Keep yourself diligently. (4:9)
- Fear God always. (4:10)
- Worship God alone. (4:15-19)
These things are not like a recipe for food. They are not forgiving or adaptable. These are how God lays out a plan for success. But like a recipe they are meant to be shared and enjoyed! Success according to God is not a secret! These principles are to be tried again and again. They are to be passed around to others. They are to be savored like fine food!
Oh Sisters in Christ, may you enjoy the delight of delicious food (regardless of whether you or someone else cooks it!), and may you enjoy the commands and principles of God even more! He wants us to be successful and to finish life well! He wants to say well done to all of us when we get to heaven! How will that happen? Only by following the recipe for success layed out in God’s Word!
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. (Ps. 63:1-5)