I’m no cook, but I like food. Therefore, I enjoy watching the Food Network. And one of my favorite shows recently is “The Pioneer Woman” starring Ree Drummond. Her cooking is good ol’ Southern home cooking… just my style.
We were watching today when something she said caught my attention. She was pouring red velvet cake batter into a pan to bake. Ree said, “This doesn’t look like much in the pan, but it will rise quite a bit in the oven.”
Ever felt like that cake batter? Maybe you feel like that right now… like you don’t look like much. Don’t worry. Those kinds of thoughts come to us all at various times throughout our lives. The key is to remember the second part of what she said. Though you may not look like much now, after you’ve gone through whatever process you’re having to go through right now, you’re going to rise.
I suppose Timothy, the young pastor at the great church in Ephesus was having to deal with some folks who thought he didn’t “look like much in the pan” because his mentor, Paul, wrote him a letter in which he instructed him not to let people look down on him simply because of his age. Instead, he encouraged Timothy to show those folks that he could “rise quite a bit in the oven” and live a life that was far beyond their expectations.
I want to encourage you today similarly. Ignore those folks who don’t think you “look like much in the pan” because of your age… or your gender… or your physical challenge… or your race… or your level of education… or… or… or. Stand up straight. Pull your shoulders back. Lift that chin. Look them in the eyes with confidence, and offer a firm handshake. Let them know that you “will rise quite a bit in the oven” by the way you talk to them… the way you behave around. Them… the way you treat others… the way you pursue God… and the way you are genuine.
You’re no ugly cake batter… you’re a beautiful cake in the baking!