I’ve never really been competitive. I like a challenge. I enjoy competitive games…… ahem, board games. I try not to “up one” or to “out do.”
The bakery has been kinda slow these past few weeks. I mean turtle pace slow….. watching grass grow slow…… snooze-fest slow. You get the picture. So naturally, I check out the competitions’ websites.
From where I’ve been sitting, and I don’t think the PC screen would lie, they’re B-U-S-Y.
So, I pull out the party hats and streamers…… time for a pity party.
A small one.
I quickly put them away when my employees arrive. This boss wants to have a warm smile and a cheerful disposition.
Nobody wants a grumpy boss……
So, that night I climb into bed and crack open my Bible Study. I am plum worn out but I want to read and get a God hug. And I did…..
Immediately, I started praying…… “God why is it that the bakery is sooooo slow? [yes, I prayed soooooooo….. just like a little brat] Everyone is doing sooooooo well. I just don’t get it.”
Then I open the study and find……..
…….For we do not want to boast about work already done in someone else’s territory. But, Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord. (2 Cor 10:16-17)
Now, I know that the author was pointing out boasting in the ministry…… but I think God had a clear message waiting for me right there…….
I am not pointing fingers and say anyone is boasting. But, I think God is trying to tell me that it isn’t about what is being sold or how much or anything like that….. He wants me to boast about Him and our relationship. That’s what is important….. not a number on cupcakes. Rather, the reason I am God’s baker.
To spread love and cheer…… and of course to speak and to motivate. Besides, God opened those bakery doors, I doubt He is going to slam them shut……..