If you have been following my blog for the last two days, you know that a more experienced short-order cook replaced me. I was relegated to doing dishes and food prep. If you are joining me for the first time, here’s where we began. Memories Of The Way Eggs Were
Sometimes it’s about perspective.
Not only was I demoted in this new restaurant and reassigned to helper and dish duty, but I was also given a chance to learn from a more qualified cook.
I wasn’t fired, never to return. I was given a different position in the restaurant, which allowed me to learn everything there was to know about short-order cooking. In addition, it was a free educational opportunity for me.
After getting over myself and my pride, I embraced the change and studied his moves, techniques, and cooking style.
Often, we get relegated to doing less than glorious stuff and watching someone more professional perform the duties we would like to accomplish. But is it such a bad thing? We can learn a lot from someone more experienced than us.
I think about the apostles in the Bible.
Jesus didn’t pick the brightest, most handsome, educated guys to be his apostles. He picked everyday guys, fishermen, and the like to teach and train to spread His message, the gospel.
Jesus’ disciples followed him everywhere.
They witnessed everything he did.
The disciples had front row seats to all the miracles Jesus performed.
How blessed were they to have that experience?
I, too, was blessed to get the experience from watching and training beside this new short-order cook who had the expertise to do the job. After all, I had never cooked bacon on a sheet pan before. Hint – bacon cooks up much nicer on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper than in a skillet. Flip mid-way through for crispness. Three hundred fifty degrees and a lot less mess.
Learn from the example.
Jesus’ example of picking those guys shows you don’t have to be at the top of the list or have a master’s degree in education – not that having those things is wrong.
Still, it does require dedication, practice, a willingness to serve, submission to the Lord, and a willingness to go.
Heavenly Father, may we have a willing heart, a desire to submit to you, and a willingness to learn, grow, and go. May we be more like the apostles. Lord, may we put the time in to learn all we can about you, draw closer to you through studying your Word, and seek you through prayer. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.