My seven-year-0ld daughter and I watched our favorite cooking show last summer in preparation for the Fourth of July. The show featured a chef who had built a catering business and a restaurant inspired by his grandfather’s recipe of a toe-curling barbecue sauce that sounded like you couldn’t even taste it properly without taking off your shoes. Kaki and I wanted that recipe. We anticipated something that would compel us to eat a Frisbee if it were marinated long enough; after all, we were talking about Memphis BBQ, right?
Before his great revelation, the BBQ chef admitted he was confused as to why his businesses hadn’t really soared like he thought they would–why he didn’t have people holding him hostage for that family recipe. He called a mentor chef for help. But when the mentor said he didn’t like the sauce, the BBQ chef just stared at him. There was no way anyone was going to tell him his family recipe wasn’t gold.
Then came the showdown. The BBQ chef was ready to tell the mentor how he made his special sauce, and was ready to prove that something was wrong with the mentor’s palate if he wasn’t slapping himself after eating it . . . Commercial break, ugh! Then shockingly unashamedly, the chef plunked down a gallon-size bottle of his local supermarket’s BBQ sauce along with three or four other ingredients, which I believe included ketchup and mustard.
Even my seven-year-old had to catch her jaw before it hit the floor.
“Mommy,” she asked as if her world had just stopped spinning, “is he saying he made barbecue sauce out of barbecue sauce?”
Still unbelieving myself, I shook my head. “I guess so, honey.”
In the sixteen years that chef had in the BBQ business, I’ll bet he came up with some pretty innovative ideas and recipes. Still, his creative juices were limited to doctoring up an already-made product–someone else’s stuff.
This stands in such contrast to God who created the world out of absolutely nothing. Read Genesis 1 and 2 for yourself.
Are you a writer struggling to finish that project? You were made in the image of God, and you, too, are creative. Just ask Him to help you get those creative juices flowing. It may take a while, and it may not be easy. But don’t ever settle for someone else’s stuff when you’re making your family recipe.
Let’s depend on the One who doesn’t need barbecue sauce to come up with . . . barbecue sauce.
I am the one who made the earth and created people to live on it. With my hands I stretched out the heavens. All the stars are at my command. Isaiah 45:12 (New Living Translation)
Sherry Boykin is a conference speaker and author from Northeast Pennsylvania. Her ministry, But-Kickers: Growing Your Faith Bigger Than Your “But!” helps women rise above the “buts” and doubts of life and trust God for the otherwise unbelievable. Sherry’s experiences in inner-city ministries, as a jungle missionary to Peru, and as an old maid who dated twenty years before finding her Mr. Right provide a striking backdrop for countless life lessons laced through the Word.