Starting to crank up on the Pro BBQ tour. Contests are all over the country and the World, for that matter. So, by the thousands, us PitMasters are planning our week around getting out there and cooking with our brothers and sisters hoping for the last “walk” of the day.
Most of us won’t get that “walk” and will go home wondering just what happened. We will go over every detail of our cook from the meat we selected, how we trimmed it, our rub plan, timing, amount, sauce strategy, cook plan, wood plan…everything is diagnosed for ways to get better.
It seems like that conversation in our heads dominates our thoughts for at least 24 hours. But then, our minds shift to the people we were blessed to spend time with. The conversations we had, the laughs we shared, the tears we cried together. This great sport of Pro BBQ is exploding in popularity, not because of the money, not because of the “celebrity”…. But because of the relationships we develop each and every week.
Most of my dearest friends come directly from the BBQ world. There is just something special about the spirit of hospitality that engulfs PitMasters. Our desire is to take care of people, to make sure they are comfortable, fill their bellies with some goodness, no matter who they are. And this posture is on display in a very public way when OBR (Operation BBQ Relief) deploys to help others in their time of need.
When I reflect on this aspect of our family, it emphasizes our need to “Be Jesus” every day to those around us. Our bible is the most magnificent book ever written and it applies as well today as it did when written thousands of years ago, and will continue forever.
Jesus is the epitome of Love. His example on how to treat people defines decency in our human existence. My prayer, every day, is to reflect the love of Jesus in how I interact with everyone that crosses my path. It’s the Love of Jesus that was shown to me by a dear friend in 2004 that changed my life. It wasn’t done in a way that we would call “nice”, but that is what I needed and the message got through.
We all have thousands and thousands of decisions we make every day. You reading this article to this spot was a decision to continue and see if I make any sense…lol.. Today is a great day for you to put your decision making on “pause” and test it against the example of Jesus.
3 Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. [Phl 2:3-5 NLT]
As for me, it’s very simple… I tried a lot of things in my life to be happy and content…nothing worked until…I tried Jesus. He works for me and I highly recommend Him. If you haven’t given your life to Jesus…Today would be a great day to do so. What are you waiting for?
Jeff Loves Jesus and since being saved... born-again... my desire is to work for Him in whatever capacity that becomes. :)