Today is National BBQ Day…oh yeah, pulled pork, baby back ribs, brisket, smoked chicken–it’s all good for sure. Most barbecue is cooked by smoking it–did you know that depending on the meat, it can take between 3 and 20 hours? And that’s not including the prep part, where after you put on spices it has to sit for hours (like 12), and then even when it’s done, it’s supposed to rest for an or two before you cut into it. That’s a lot of time, so when you hear people talk about doing bbq right, they usually will say “Low and slow” meaning a low temperature, and working slowly, which means it takes a while. But it’s worth the wait, and the best bbq takes a while to get right.
Sometimes we want to rush things and we don’t want things to take that long. Bible reading? Praying? Talking to God? Those shouldn’t be rushed but we do. How many of you at home are rushing through your assignments instead of taking the time to do them well?
Are you being a bbq master in your life? There are so many things that are worth taking the time to do well and get right–learning a new skill in sports, art, music all require time and patience. Learning how to improve your writing skills. Memorizing Bible verses. Being a better human–being patient, kind and considerate takes time and practice.
So read this verse, but take your time and do it slowly–really think about it. Since it’s a familiar one, it’s easy to just read it quickly and think, yeah, yeah, I’ve heard this before.
So no matter what your task is, work hard. Always do your best as the Lord’s servant, not as man’s,
Colossians 3:23 (VOICE)
Every time you find work to do, do it the best you can.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 (ERV)
Dear Lord, Help me to not try and rush through things. Teach me to understand how to work at things a little bit at a time, and to do my best. Amen.