“And now, the recipe calls for three cups of flour, stirring it in one cup at a time,” I said in my most ridiculous tone. I stood cooking in the kitchen, my roommate sitting on the other side of the counter, watching as I turned baking cookies into a cooking show.
I stirred the dough by hand, dumping in all three cups at once. “But we’re just going to dump it all in at once,” I said, coughing as the flour puffed into a cloud in my face.
I wanted to start a blog for a long time. I love to write, and someday I hope to write something meaningful. For the longest time, though, I had no idea what to write about. I didn’t want my blog to be an online diary. If I’m going to post online, I want it to be useful to other people. After taking my sweet time “strategizing” how to build a blog, I decided to write about the ups and downs of youth ministry. After more than two years as a high school leader, I know from experience the struggles are endless and real.
But then, in an unexpected change of plans, I took a step back from youth ministry. When I really look at the life Jesus calls me to live, I am convinced that “ministry” should be more than an extracurricular activity. It should be in every breath I take.
I decided to write about life.
So here we are. Me and Jesus – and I guess, now, you too. Embarking on this journey in a new city, new job, new life. I started out confident, excited about the idea of sharing Jesus in all areas of my new life. As that idea has turned into reality over the last few weeks, it’s already been harder than I expected. And I’m sure it will only get harder.
My hope is that, as I share the ups and downs and the lessons I’m learning, that the One who remains constant through the ups and downs will be brought to glory. May the words here point to Jesus.
Back in the kitchen, my roommate laughed and rolled her eyes at me as I warned my viewers to stir in the flour one cup at a time, as the recipe so wisely advises. She came to call our little game “Humble Chef.” I guess it stuck, in more ways than one!