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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)

TITLE: Slow Cooked
By Kristoffer Riley


Our society has become that of the microwave variety. Get rich quick schemes run rampant on television, radio, and the internet. Fad diets and 'lose weight now' gimmicks tap the pockets of thousands each week. The sports world is by no means exempt from this mentality. Rarely does an athlete complete four years of college experience before opting to test the waters of the professional realm. We want what we want and we want it now.
Any cook worth their weight in self-rising flour will tell you that to apply this philosophy to the kitchen is treacherous. Try to rush poultry or pork and you can go ahead and book yourself a date with George Clooney because you’re going to the ER. Get hasty with a cake and watch your husband try his best to act like its edible. Speed through a casserole and see your children pretend that rice is supposed to be crunchy.
Taking a hindsight view of society, we can see that ‘overnight’ success stories are really not that at all. We are all witnesses to the seemingly sudden rise to the forefront of various industries, but rarely do we see the failures and insecurities that preceded this excellence.
Thankfully, when God sprinkles, disperses, and blends the ingredients that make up our lives, He is not in such a rush as we. You see, He allowed Moses to marinate in the courts of Pharaoh for 40 years before sending him to slow cook at his father-in-law’s for another four decades. Then, once he was thoroughly cooked, he released him for 40 years of ministry in the wilderness.
Sadly, too many in the church today resent such time consuming processes. Unbeknownst to many, this is the process of God. Look again at Moses; then at David, Abraham, Elisha, Joshua, and the Apostle Paul, and our Lord Jesus. These were no flash in the pan leaders. They each had dramatic impact on the lives of others that directly correlates to their submitting to the process of God.
A Theological degree cannot create in you the character necessary to lead a people. Countless seminars and years of Bible school cannot make you a shepherd or a leader after God’s own heart. This is equivalent to shortcuts in the kitchen. The outer appearance may be appealing, but can it provide the nourishment and vitamins conducive to growth or will it leave those that partake of it on a date with Clooney?

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Donna Emery01/11/07
A very interesting and thought-provoking take on the topic. Now, where do I get that date with George Clooney? (seriously, though... I liked it!)
terri tiffany01/13/07
Great opening paragraph and I liked how you made so many good comparisons throughout. You wrapped it up with a good last paragraph as well. You might want to change up some of the words 'you' and make it more personal there ...just a thought. This is a very good devotional with cute humor:)
Valerie Routhieaux01/15/07
Good point. Very good, though leave some white space between paragraphs for an easier read.
Phyllis Inniss 01/18/07
Very good take on the subject. Quick fixes may surely get one fixed, the slow cooking is much more preserving as you point out. Very well written.