My favorite kitchen appliance? The Crock-Pot. I had never (and I mean NEVER) touched a Crock-Pot before I got married. But afterwards – oh, it was a game-changer!
I guess what I love most about the Crock-Pot is how it rapidly speeds up the process of cooking. Instead of the usual couple of hours it takes for me to prep, chop, boil or bake together my dinner, I have the option of dumping it all into my Crock-Pot, setting the timer and taking care of the rest of my day! So basically,
it’s the best kind of tool for the lazy cook!
(Don’t you judge me, we’ve all been there!)
Here’s what I’ve found over time, though. As easy as it is to use the Crock-Pot and have 7 additional hours to take care of other things throughout my day, there IS beauty in actually taking the time to put together a meal. You have the option of several different dishes with unique tastes, and in fact, cooking can even be a lot of fun! Although it can be daunting to stare at a whole bunch of ingredients not knowing where to begin, there’s nothing like sitting down at a family meal and hearing someone compliment that dish you put so much heart and soul into. I may not be a Julia Childs yet, but I can say that opening myself up to new cooking challenges over the last several months has taught me quite a bit!
In case you didn’t know, there IS such a thing as “Crock-Pot Christianity.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard young Christians explain that they won’t be able to do very much with their faith until they’re older. They take all of their young Christian faith and put it in a “Crock-Pot” to be used 7 or 8 years down the line when it’ll “matter more.”
I’m not saying that God can’t use what we offer to Him later on, but regardless of the time and effort it would cost us, what if we worked on our faith throughout those years instead?
What if we were bold in sharing Jesus’ story? If we opened up at youth camp about our struggles? If we discipled a younger youth member who needed a mentor? If we used their musical talents to be a part of the praise team? What if??
Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. | 1 Timothy 4:12
God can still use your story of faith even if you don’t allow Him to until later on in life. But friends, there is beauty in allowing your story to be shared right now, no matter how young you think you might be! Sure, it isn’t easy, and it might not be convenient,
but it’s worth it!
Crock-Pot Christianity may let you take the easy way out, but never forget this: There is beauty in taking the time to work on the things that matter in life. Your faith and growth in Jesus Christ matter more than anything else! Test your faith, try new things, and get out of your comfort zone with God’s help! He will turn your easy Crock-Pot recipe into a beautiful 5-course meal!