I came home early today and engaged in an hour of purely selfish enjoyment: I watched the Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network.
I know I’ll probably never cook up any of the complicated dishes that Ina Garten whips up with expert ease, but I just love watching her say “How easy is that?” as she puts together Coeur a la Crème. (I am not sure I even know how to pronounce that!).
On this episode, the master chef was creating an Italian meal for a friend who was a connoisseur in olive oils. I watched mesmerized as Ina and her pal participated in an oil tasting. In the bottles, the liquid aromatics appeared the same, but as the culinary gourmet sampled each oil, she highlighted their unique aroma, texture, and taste.
What grabbed my attention was when the expert explained how the best tasting olive oil is pressed immediately after harvesting.
It’s amazing how crushing impacts overall effectiveness, I thought. And, suddenly, I was no longer thinking about an olive oil.
My crushing has created a more savory life.
I’m less willful and impatient today than I was before God’s sovereign will allowed life to press down on me.
Just like Ina Garten, I’ve learned that no two flavors are alike. My spiritual flavor quotient increases as I surrender and let God squeeze out the selfish.
You may ask: How easy is that? Are you aromatic?
Today, my life will be more flavorful if I choose to
- Press in to God and let go of my personal agenda.
- Press in to serving others and stop demanding my way.
- Press in to sacrificial giving, rather than submitting to my foolhardy flesh.
I’m going to keep pressing into the Master. He always creates spectacular fare.
Something to think about…
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