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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)

TITLE: Receipe for Diaster
By Jennifer Wetter


Life is meant to be like a well planned dinner prompt, precise and generally perfect. Unfortunately my life is like a disorganized, distasteful and dysfunctional family.

Although it’s even more embarrassing to admit I can't cook, it's embarrassing to admit but someone needs to know. I am the type of person to burn toast in a toaster oven. I fill a room full of smoke after forgetting to clean the grease out the oven.

I've made a lot of mistakes both in and out of the kitchen. For me those mistakes result in making the wrong choices, not being thorough or prayerful in my actions. Those choices really create a recipe for disaster in relationships and life.

I mean none of this was ever a one time thing. Failure is a regular part of my everyday life in every aspect. I've failed at completing my education, my jobs and in relationships with the one's I've loved.

I've said hurtful words and contemplated cruel actions, sometimes even following through. I've procrastinated and put off doing what's important. My thoughts and actions have gotten in the way with building and maintaining a relationship with the one who should matter most, God.

I don't know how many times I've not prayed just because ' I was too tired' or not read the Bible because 'I didn't have the time.' Rather I made excuses and didn't make the time. I put God on the back burner to simmer a while and then when things get rough add some seasoning until he's at my perfection.

He's become a cooking convenience whether a tasty dinner plate or desert that we only make on the special occasions or when someone important is coming over. It makes we wonder, why God has never made us to be a dinner special. Rather he offers us invitations to be his guests of honor.

Revelation 19:9 invites us to His dinner, “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” What an honor for those invited to the marriage Supper of Lamb, what a day of rejoicing it will be to eat with Jesus.

I question now, how do I quit putting God on the back burner simmering until I need him because he never does that to me. He may punish and make me take note of my failures.

He's always loved me and makes me a first priority with him. If not Jesus didn't need to come, God would have left us to our own devices. He must be so hurt and disappointed every time I slough him of for my selfish desires and ambitions. Doing what I can to help myself to get ahead, never praying or reading my Bible, never given God precedence. He must get angry and try to get my attention or perhaps gives me time to wander. But he always wants be back no matter how many times I failed in my in relationships and my life. No mistake is ever to large for him to fix.

I can't cook and I've failed many times with my relationships and my life. But perhaps all I really is a good recipe and the proper instruction. The cooking however may just take a little more time than expected.

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Verna Cole Mitchell 09/18/08
Your entry with confession of mistakes like we all make, presents a good challenge for putting God first. I'm glad you've chosen to do so.
Allison Egley 09/20/08
Oh my. Can I ever relate, at least on the spiritual level.

I would have maybe brought bits of the positive into it earlier. I was getting worried that you were only going to showcase the bad!

Thanks for the reminders that God gives us many, many chances and is always ready to help us fix our mistakes.

Marlene Austin09/21/08
Good devotional. Could use proof-reading to improve missing, misplaced, and misused words. Thanks for sharing. :)