How to Ruin a Good Omelet (Angel in the Kitchen)

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Ever hear someone say, “He’s a good egg”? Yesterday we discussed how similar people are to eggs, and a few of our readers probably thought we had finally cracked. Ouch! Eggs, like people, come in different sizes and colors. Eggs, like people, can have different backgrounds: eggs can be from hens, ducks, quails, emus, ostriches, etc.; and people can be from different ethnic groups or countries, have different gifts, talents, life experiences, etc. But despite all the differences, eggs and people are pretty much the same inside. Yolks and Folks are all equal once you get to know them, once you penetrate their shells.

Eggs, regardless of origin, color or size, can blend perfectly together in an omelet. People can blend together in the same fashion, to create a harmonious family, church, neighborhood or work environment.

There is, however, one egg you never want in your omelet, because it can spoil the whole dish: a rotten egg! We learned the hard way. Whisk together a single rotten egg in a dish with 11 good eggs, and you get an egg mixture that stinks! One rotten egg manages to contaminate all the other eggs. Which is why we “screen” our eggs. It’s easier to simply crack all the eggs into a single bowl when cooking, but we advise against it. Once the rotten egg is in the mix, it’s impossible to separate it. So we crack each egg into a small dish, examine it and smell it, before adding it to whatever we’re preparing.

Bet you’re way ahead us this time. Yes, the same goes for people. One rotten egg can spoil your workplace, your church, your club, even your home!

So what makes a rotten egg? How about attitude? If you pay close attention, you can see the effect that a negative person can have on the moral of those around them. People within any type of group can be enthusiastic, ready to try new ideas and get the job done, but add one negative attitude, one person whose motto is “It can’t be done”; whose mantra is “It will never work”; someone who actually delights in raining on other people’s parades; and pretty soon everyone’s moral starts to drop. Say goodbye to a winning team, say hello to an “omelet” that stinks through and through!

Remember the 12 spies who reconnoitered the promised land? (in Numbers 13) Two returned with positive attitudes: “We can defeat the Giants and claim the promise!” But there were ten rotten eggs in the dozen. They said, We won’t succeed, and their stinking attitudes soon permeated the entire camp of the Hebrews, contaminating enough of the people that “The LORD was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them….” (Numbers 14:16 NIV)

Sometimes people speak words of gloom and doom simply because they themselves have repeatedly suffered defeat and have lost faith. But there are many other reasons people have stinking thinking. They may be fearful. They may just like to argue. They may be jealous or mean-spirited. They
may suffer from feelings of inferiority, and feel the need to build themselves UP by putting others DOWN. Whatever the cause, their rotteness can manifest itself in other ways, none of them healthy to the “omelet”:

Put-down humor, making fun of others, or telling jokes at someone’s expense! Nobody enjoys this type of humor when they’re the target. “Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too; Quarrels and insults will disappear.” (Proverbs 22:10 NLT)

Vulgarity and perverseness in the form of crude jokes, foul language, or sexual references. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29 NIV)

A critical or judgmental spirit: “Brothers and sisters, stop complaining about each other, or you will be condemned. Realize that the judge is standing at the door.” (James 5:9 GOD’S WORD)

How about gossip? The goal of gossip is usually to slander someone, but regardless of the motive, gossip is always divisive! A gossiper can destroy loyalties and relationships, disrupting the harmony within any group. “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.” (Proverbs 16:28 NIV)

How about rotten Integrity? That kills trust in any group. So, “Whoever lives honestly will live securely, but whoever lives dishonestly will be found out.” (Proverbs 10:9 GOD’S WORD)

If you don’t want your “omelet” to stink, you’ll need to get rid of the rotten eggs. In cooking, we toss them into the garbage disposal. But we don’t throw away people with rotten attitudes. NEVER! We first try to help them. We admonish them. And we love them. But if they refuse to change, we’ll need to follow Joel Osteen’s advice, and “Love them from a distance.” We can still be friendly and continue to help when we can, but we won’t be able to enter into any form of “partnership” with them. Rotten eggs can make you sick! So please try and be a good egg! “Speech that heals is like a life-giving tree, but a perverse tongue breaks the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4 NET Bible)

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Yolks and Folks! (Angel in the Kitchen)

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Not long ago, we compared past mistakes and failures to scrambled eggs, reminding you that what’s done can’t be undone — so you need to forget the past and focus on the future. To ensure you don’t get bored with what we’re serving up in Angel in the Kitchen, we’ve decided to move on to a totally new topic offering fresh insights. We’re done with scrambled eggs. Today, we discuss omelets! How’s that for being different? (Hey, our humor can be eggs-quisitely painful.)

What can the omelet teach us? Before we dish out that info, let’s first learn some cool facts about eggs. (Trust us, we’re not stalling. This will all tie in later.)

Eggs are a very versatile food: they can be boiled, poached, pickled, fried, scrambled, deviled, made into omelets, blended into shakes, or added to cakes, pies, puddings and soufflés. And if you’re Rocky Balboa, you can crack six of them into a tumbler and drink ’em down raw before you go out to jog the streets of Philly. (Yo, Adrian, I did it!)

There are many types of eggs used in recipes, the most popular being hen eggs. There are around eight varieties of hen eggs. Other types include quail eggs, ostrich eggs, emu eggs, duck eggs, and Guinea Fowl eggs. There are different colors, too. Hen eggs can be white, speckled, or range from buff to light golden brown to a dark reddish brown. There’s even a green-tinted egg, the Ameraucana. Eggs also come in different sizes. An average size Ostrich egg is about 13 centimeters or 6 inches and weighs roughly 3 pounds. One of these babies is equal to 12 extra large hen eggs, so you could feed breakfast to a family of four using a single egg. Of course, Ostrich eggs may be hazardous to your health; ostriches are good parents, and they can run over 40 mph! Oh, and they have really big feet to stomp you with!

The smallest bird egg comes from the bee hummingbird, and averages about a quarter-inch. Not much food in these, but come on, who wants to deprive the world of another cute little hummingbird?

For the purpose of making a point, we’ll stick to hen eggs in the preparation of our omelet today. Interestingly, despite the difference in the color of their shells, which do nothing more than indicate the type of hen they came from, all hen eggs are pretty much the same. Inside, their yolks are yellow and they have the same nutrional value. Lots of info, but what’s our point? A very simple one, which we hope to reinforce by sharing all these cool facts. Namely, people are like eggs. We come in all sizes and colors. We come from different ethnic groups and nationalities, just as cooking eggs come from many different types of fowl. Yet we are all equal.

And what’s really amazing about eggs AND people? If you have a mind to — we repeat — if you have a mind to, you can blend the many differing types and colors into a single delicious “omelet.” Once you do, you won’t be able to distinguish which eggs were used. Looks like an omelet. Tastes like an omelet. Hey, it is an omelet!

God desires all of humankind to blend together in the same way. We’re all the same inside, so why can’t we join together? We may have slightly different flavors (strengths, gifts, abilities, backgrounds and experiences), but those differing flavors can blend together beautifully in an omelet (family or church,  organization or community). Throw in some Holy Spirit seasoning, and we’ll have one incredibly palatable world.

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28 NIV)

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