25 Nov Homemade chili!! What in the world!?
So yesterday for lunch Mom and I decided to have chili. It was fantastic. To be more specific..chili on a baked potato. Oh yummy goodness. I’m planning to have leftovers today =) cook a new potato, of course.
Little did I know..the meal would be in conjunction to what I have been reading and studying most recently in Acts about the account of the early church. Acts 4:32-37 has really been impressed on my mind recently, and this is why. Here it is:
“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”
I encourage you to go read more about what is going on in the beginning of Acts to understand more fully what is happening.
So I was just pulling out my chair to sit down and eat, when a new thought entered my mind. Mom and I had just spent the last hour or so chopping veggies and sizzling meat for this spicy chili recipe, so naturally I was thanking God for the finished product. Or whatever you call it. It was done, I was excited to eat it. =)
So If you didn’t know, I’m a farmers daughter. I have watched the process of planting seeds, water crops, and harvesting the fields since before I even started having memories! It has taught me so much, I would have to have a whole other blog for that. =) But yesterday, it all came crashing together in a new, exciting way. All because of a potatoe, and chili.
I couldn’t stop my mind from thinking about how cool it was to sit, staring at this bowl of food..and think about ALL the MANY hearts and hands that made my chili possible. Peppers, beans, meat, spices, tomoatoes, onions (! thanks, Dad! lol), potato…and the salad we chopped up, with more peppers, cucumbers–vinegar AND oil (vinagarette dressing..!). Man. So MUCH was together in one bowl! Not just chili…but a representation of all the hands that labored to get it there. So many people, so many farmers–grew and sold exactly what they know how to do, and that alone. For example, my dad only grows corn and onions. He doesn’t grow all the ingredients for chili. It would simply be too much! =)
Anyway…this is hugely related to Acts 4:32-37, I believe. If we continue to use the gifts that God has given us (most of the time we will not see the bigger picture) then chili can be made! If we all think our gifts are insignificant and go do other things…things we are not called to–yes, you will be apart of something. BUT…chili cannot be made to it’s full potential without the spices! It just doesn’t taste the same.
Anyway…just some random thoughts. It goes so much deeper than this, but stays so simple as this. =) Let’s be the church, use our gifts, have faith in the picture we cannot see, and go forward! not looking back. There are many other recipes to be made with the single gift you’ve been given.
Have a great day!