Have you ever been asked or told to do something on the job, and then realized later that for some reason, you couldn't do exactly what was requested?
I'm sure we've all had that experience. In this industry we, as kitchen staff members, can easily run into this. Lately, I have been thinking about how often we say things like "I can't do that" or "There is no way it will ever turn out". And this may well be true in some instances. We certainly don't want to fulfill our responsibilities in a shoddy manner or in a way that would be displeasing to our employer. So if we're telling ourselves that "we can't do it", perhaps we just haven't completely thought through the process, or maybe we haven't prayed and asked for God's help. Perhaps what was requested may not be entirely possible, but with the Lord's help and wisdom, there may be an alternate way to accomplish what needs to be done. In this way, we CAN do all things through Christ which strengthens us. Knowing that we CAN do all things through Christ, whatever they may be, and He certainly should give us strength to get through whatever challenge is put in our way. And that holds true in the professional kitchen as well as in every other area of our lives.
Our strength comes from God. Because of this, we can do ALL things through Christ. Sometimes we may not need strength to ACCOMPLISH the task, but rather we need strength to have a good attitude about it. Or perhaps we need strength to control our emotions. I think the emphasis in Philippians 4:13 isn't so much on ACCOMPLISHMENT or achievement as it is on our willingness to allow Christ's power to sustain us in difficult situations. It's easy to get into the mindset that "I can't do this or that." But if you remember what Philippians 4:13 says, you will be able to look at things in an entirely different light. This will enable you to have a more positive attitude in the workplace. And hopefully, the rest of your teammates will notice the difference in the way you perform your duties.
So claim Philippians 4:13 for yourself and see what a difference it makes in your life! May God bless you in ALL you do.
By Laura Bruno
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