Give it to God – Jeff Petkevicius
Don’t Judge Me!
Being a part of the new BBQ League (United Competition BBQ League) and having put on a couple contests, it has been good to be on the “other” side of Pro BBQ. The most glaring lesson that I’ve learned is that no matter what you do, there will always be people wanting you to do it differently.
In particular, I’ve noticed how some BBQ Pitmasters want to offer changes to the “judging” process with the concern being the “quality” of judges. We start with making sure all judges are certified by going through a training class. When the results were not to the liking of cooks, J, then we moved to bring in, as judges, competing cooks, or members of teams, all of whom have experience with Professional BBQ. We also run them through a class and they are “certified”. Those judging results are not any good either, and so the suggestion is that we need to broaden our search for judges and campaign to train them better…….
What it boils down to with some in the Pro BBQ world is that they just don’t want to be judged. It’s crazy to think about it, but they enter competitions to have their work evaluated, but they don’t want the input. Any input they get is discounted as invalid for one reason or another. If we made the adjustment to where everybody wins, all scores tied, all perfect entries, money split evenly and we just have a “buffet” on Saturday for the crowd…. That wouldn’t be good either. It’s a conversation, that points to the reality of the agony of being told you screwed up and accepting it. A pill you don’t want to swallow, that is holding you back from improving!
Don’t judge me! As a Christian, and one who professes the Love of Jesus meaning that His “Love” includes the warm and comforting love AND the disciplinary “Love”, we hear this thrown back in our face when we challenge behavior contrary to what Jesus commands us to do. Matthew chapter 7 talks to the issue and verse 1 is often quoted…. But God’s message continues if you read on….
1 "Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. 3 "And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, 'Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye. [Mat 7:1-5 NLT]
It’s verse 5 that brings the message home. Get your house in order first and THEN you are in a position to help others see the errors of their way. When I am challenged as a Christian for being “judgmental”, I will refer to the fact that God is the only one who will Judge anybody. Our role, as Christians, is to point people to the word of God and His detailed explanation of how things will go when you stand before Him if you continue to live the way you’re living.
Being Judges, whether in BBQ or in Life is a hard pill to swallow, but adjustments in our lives that will work towards better results requires it. Take the time to be evaluated and given honest feedback. When I finally looked in that mirror and realized that my life was heading me directly to hell for eternity, I made the decision to give my life to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. He came into my heart and changed me. The old “jeff” was dead, and the new “Jeff” came alive in Jesus. If you haven’t given your whole heart to Jesus as Your Lord and Savior, today would be a great day to do that. Give it to God…. 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. :)