You don’t need condiments to come to the table, all you need is you.
I’m always proud when I see youth of any age helping out during tithing, communion, and on the praise team. One Sunday, years ago, I noticed David serving an elder. He was barefoot. David, not the elder. I started to get annoyed, but laughed to myself instead. It was perfect. God doesn’t care what we look like, He doesn’t care if you have tats from top to toe, are off pitch when you sing, or even if you root for someone other than the Seahawks. He cares about where your heart is. He wants you, just as you are, doing what He needs you to do.
Francesca Battiselli sings a song about having ‘a couple of dents in my fender, a couple rips in my jeans’ yet, with Jesus you are free to be whoever you are. ‘Perfection is the enemy’ when He’s got great plans for you, even if you can’t see them. This song makes perfect cheeseburger sense.
There are so many things you can add to a burger. In a google search you can find incredible recipes which are nothing more than a dressed up patty with fancy cheese. I may even share some of those in here. One person might believe jalapenos and pepper jack make a perfect cheeseburger, another mushrooms with Swiss. Those extras are not important at all! The foundation which a stellar cheeseburger is built on is where the focus belongs. When the foundation is right, anything is possible! Perfection is in His eyes, where you are right now. Be who you need to be, remember where your feet are, and stand firm in His faith. It is sometimes hard to remember this simple truth. When we hang out with others who are different than we are, we can feel inadequate. It is easy to bluster and hide ourselves under a bushel. Even when people find and accept us, we sometimes feel skeptical of their care. Be free within the boundaries of Him and cherish those rips in your jeans, who knows, you may create a new style! You are His and you will always belong.
Try this on for size. Find the bun of your choice, add your patty, cheese, ketchup, mustard, and call it good. While you eat your basic ‘barefoot’ cheeseburger, read Jeremiah 29:11, then pray about where God is going to use you. Dents and all.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit*,