Before I dive into today's post, I wanted to announce the winner of Katie Ganshert's new book: Amy Leigh Simpson! Woohoo!
I mean, I'll eat it. But it's never been a huge favorite of mine.
But this weekend, we went out to celebrate my stepmother's birthday at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. I chose the petite filet because I couldn't imagine eating a larger portion. After all, most steak I'd had in the past was slightly tough, dry, and had to be doused with Heinz 57 sauce.
So imagine my surprise when I cut into my filet, stuck it in my mouth -- and about died. Heaven. On. Earth. Joy in my mouth. Oh my goodness. So much flavor. And the waiter had said they only seasoned with salt and pepper, and then butter after it was seared.
I started wondering why it was so good. Obviously, this was the steakhouse's specialty. Obviously, we spent a lot of money for this steak. But what made it so darn delicious?
I asked my dad why this steak was so different from the steak I grew up eating, and he said the steak we ate back then was likely inexpensive. In other words, not the best cut.
Ah. I never really knew that the cut of meat mattered.
And here I'd been living my whole life THINKING that the steak I was used to was how steak was supposed to be.
Same thing goes for life...the life we are living and the life God wants us to have.
Life as we live it -- especially when it's downright rotten, and sad, and overwhelmingly dim -- is not how we were meant to live life. We're often living it full of worry and heartache of our own making.
But God doesn't want us to live like that.
Instead, He wants us to depend on him, to let ourselves marinate in His goodness, to let the juices of who He is be seared into us, and sealed in us.
Furthermore, He doesn't want us living off the fatty cheap meat.
No, He wants to give us the choicest cut.
Don't just accept that "it is what it is" -- live life instead according to the way God wants us to live it. For me, that means living according to this verse: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, let your requests be made known to God. And the PEACE of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)
Your Turn: What does living with the choicest cut of life mean to you? And any steak lovers out there?
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