So now what? Most of us are sitting here in the coma of BBQ competition withdrawls. The effects are similar with some adjustments. We walk out to where the pits are stored, open them up, smell inside and contemplate cooking again soon. Problem is, soon is not soon enough. So we decide to do some practice. Some of us will go so far as to get together with buddies and go through a real competition time-line. We’ll turn in our stuff and be guaranteed a GC or RGC J
The point is, we have down time. How we decide to use that time can work to our Professional advantage or not. Now is the time to dig into practice and research. Anybody in this sport for long enough will tell you, the more we learn, the more we realize how much we don’t know. So the key, is to take all of what you have learned this past year and blend it with new ideas that you’ve uncovered through research, reading, or visiting with other teams. Some would call that “shigging”, I call it professional development J
At this point in many of our careers, it’s not about whole scale changes, but more the fine tuning of our craft of being a “PitMaster”. In today’s competitive environment with Social Media, YouTube etc… the basics are there for anybody to uncover. The bar of Great BBQ remains high, but those capable of reaching it has grown in leaps and bounds. Our sport is evolving to competitions that are decided by as little as 0.001 points. How we perfect the smallest of details can, and will, make the difference at the judging table.
The very same can be said about our walks with Jesus Christ. The more time we spend as Christians sharing the truth of salvation, the more pin-point, and accurate our delivery of that message will become. Over time, many of us who share the Gospel realize that it’s the smallest of details that can help lead somebody to Jesus Christ. God saves, and we help lead. Our role is to be the example of Jesus to everyone we meet and in every situation we are a part of. Challenging as this is, Preaching is more about “doing” than it is “telling”. How we behave and how we show people we care about them will shine the light of Jesus in ways that He needs in today’s world.
I know that God loves BBQ. He makes many references to sacrifices and offerings that were BBQ in the day. He also valued salt and it’s value in our lives. We are called to be the light of the world. Take up that challenge and carry Jesus Christ into your heart and life with everything you do.
13 "You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. 14 "You are the light of the world--like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. [Mat 5:13-15 NLT]
Be the light and be the Salt… BBQ on my friends and if you haven’t surrendered your life to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior…. What are you waiting for? Give it to God!
Jeff Loves Jesus and since being saved... born-again... my desire is to work for Him in whatever capacity that becomes. :)