We’re going to go from Sabotages to something wImagine would sign off on. Hang in there.
In Cutthroat Kitchen, there are a lot of sabotages that happen, and a lot can be thrown your way. But generally speaking, if you shopped smart in the pantry, cooked wisely, and understand fundamental cooking techniques, you can outsmart your way into at least staying competitive.
But when you sabotage yourself, you enter a territory that not even the game’s producers even considered, and so many chefs lose by sabotaging themselves.
I know real life isn’t like a TV Show (I’ll talk on that bit more at the end), but let’s be real, that’s still kinda true with us too right? The world is going to ‘sabotage’ you. They’ll try to take advantage of you, walk over you, and take from you. COVID-19 will try to touch you, cause you to lose your job, give you anxiety over the future, and generally break you and leave you dead. Let’s be honest with ourselves here, we are fighting against a mutant who didn’t even pay for its stupid luggage fees to travel to Murrica’.
The question I invite you to ask isn’t “How do I avoid sabotages”? Heck in light of COVID, I’m going to go further than I normally would and invite you not to ask “How do I create a less sabotaging world?” The question to ask is “How do I prevent myself from sabotaging myself or my world?”
You have no control over the pain and hurt others can do to you, but you do have control over what you let it do to you. In Cutthroat Kitchen, you have very little control over the sabotages that come your way, but you do have control on whether you just give up or think outside of the box.
In this season, you have a choice on whether you wash your hands or run like the wind. To YOLO and help heal people or to YOLO and help party with people. To live with confidence that you shall overcome or live with fear that you shall die. To draw politically lines or to (virtually) unite. To be moved by anger at people or moved by conviction to help people. To move or to stop. What will you focus your mental & physical energy towards?
Some of you are focusing all of your physical & mental health towards trying to assign blame or anger at someone or something. And to be clear, you may be absolutely right. But I know someone with even more power to destroy you and that’s you and you alone.
I’m not saying let the world get away with evil because love without truth isn’t love. But what I am saying is that some of you are living in stress, anxiety, and fear because you chose to let a battle take over your heart. Some of you are letting others paralyze you into not doing everything you can to bring love back into your broken world. And I don’t blame you, heck, I paralyzed myself a bit when this first broke. That’s not weak, that’s being human. But what I’m calling you to do is to be more than a human, I’m calling you to be the light of the world because that’s what you were made to do.
At the end of the day, the greatest hope in your world starts from you, and you alone. You have a choice whether to bring people together to tear people apart. To yell at the haters or help them understand where they went wrong. To be courageous and do really hard things to help people or to just give up.
The most important thing wImagine does in my life will never come from the future its planning from. The most important thing it does is in reminding me what battles I’ve been through and the scars I faced. Hey if you’re still reading this, side bar thought, there’s a game at the bottom of this page, give yourself +202 points automatically just by noticing this bit. Ok back to the letter.
I pray, you never forget the battles you have overcame. I pray, that you stay alert so that you don’t sabotage yourselves. I pray you find the strength & hope to roll with the punches and fulfill your mission + vision (safely) to restore your broken world.
You cannot stop in the face of COVID-19. You cannot break in the face of COVID-19. Don’t sabotage yourself, you got enough from the world already. Just keep marching forward and be courageous, because there is greater power in your name than COVID, because there is greater life in the name of Jesus.
One last note. Some of you may question why I’m using a TV Show to describe the world.
Yes, I get it, this world is not a TV Show, and our sabotages are not ‘tested’ in the same way they may be on a TV Show. I get it, it makes sense. But there’s a Bible Verse I love because most people abuse and misuse the living heck out of it, and it is:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jeremhiah 29:11 (NIV)
That verse was never intended to be read as “Your life will be easy and painless”. In our current lifetime, we live in a fallen and broken world. There are consequences from both intentional and unintentional evil in this world, and this evil isn’t a boomerang — it’ll wreck anybody and anything it can.
God never promised a painless world, there’s a price to pay for evil. But God promises to help you overcome that pain, so that what was meant to destroy you, gets bashed on its head and became something that matured, strengthened, and grew you.
The same Jesus who traveled the cosmos to bring you back home is still in charge. And even though COVID is running rampant through this world, whether you realize it or not, I’ve seen God working something in your heart. I’ve seen you ask questions you never asked, drop positions you never dropped, and just surrender everything you thought you needed to humbly ask what can I do to help? What can I give? How can I serve? How can I love?
If you’re willing, I challenge you to say this five second sentence to yourself & to God because I think it can change the trajectory of your decade: “Please reveal how through actions and not words, I can serve my neighbors & world, for such a time as now.”