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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Keep Pursuing Your Dreams in 2024

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HAPPY  NEW  YEAR!HELLO, 2024!!

U.S. President and “Rough Rider” Teddy Roosevelt once stated, “There is no effort without error or shortcoming”!  This is one of the great, unchangeable facts of Life. Furthermore, if you’re making mistakes — if you frequently stumble and fall — then you’re probably on the right track, trying new things, aiming for higher goals. Failure is no fun, but it’s usually the first step to achieving something worthwhile. We know this truth. Deep down, YOU also probably know this. And God certainly knows it! Which is why He encourages us to keep on trying, to keep on fighting the good fight of faith. When we fail, He admonishes us to get up.

Charge at San Juan Hill: It was an uphill battle–literally–but they made it!

Elvis Presley was fired from the Grand Ole Opry in 1954, after giving one performance. The house manager told Elvis, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”

Before he succeeded, Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, failed and went broke five times! And R. H. Macy failed seven times before his New York City department store caught on.

Not bad for a truck driver. “Thank you! Thank you very much!”

Fred Smith turned in a college paper about his concept for a reliable overnight delivery service. His Yale professor gave the paper a “C” and told him, “…Your concept is interesting and well formed, but … your ideas also have to be feasible.” Smith went on to found Federal Express.

Throughout his life Thomas Alva Edison, “the Wizard of Menlo Park,” was a glorious “failure”! As a child, his teachers sent him home one day, stating the boy is “too stupid to learn anything.” As a young adult, Edison seemed to be proving his teachers right. He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.” Can this possibly be the same tireless American inventor who held 1,093 U.S. patents in his name? Yes. What set Edison apart was his determination. He refused to quit, and he viewed every failure as taking a step closer to succeeding. Which is why Edison continued to “fail”!

Although Edison did NOT invent the light bulb, he did invent a way to make the idea feasible. The bulbs of previous inventors were bulky, expensive, and consumed too much power. Edison wanted to produce an economical, more energy efficient bulb using low-cost materials. He tried a thousand different material combinations, which all failed, before finding the right one. When a reporter asked him, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

Failure is the foundation upon which we build success. Nehemiah 13:2 is one of several scriptures that demonstrate how God is able to turn every curse into a blessing. Also, “…God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28 NLT)

We crawl before we walk. We walk before we run. We learn by doing, and we learn our best lessons from our mistakes. Yes, we’d always prefer to get it right the first time, but our failures are NOT the end of the line, they are stepping stones on the path to success — unless we stop trying. Please don’t. Edison once stated, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

And if you don’t occasionally fail, then you’re probably not continuing to raise the bar on what you can accomplish. So keep on slugging. “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life….” (Timothy 6:12 NASB)

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