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There’s a restaurant (that I won’t name) that is outrageously good and has gotten better every time we’ve eaten there. It is not well known and not in a convenient location, but the food is made with such surprising care and fresh ingredients with so little fanfare or pretension. But each meal has been a gift! Giving every table far more than what they pay in menu price…bringing out the best flavors in what the earth can produce. And doing it humbly, simply, yet surprisingly well. By serving such food the restaurant treats every customer like a King and Queen, or child of God. And as silly as it sounds, I can’t help but praise God for it.
So how do you do business? Do you shoot for giving people a humble taste of something divine, or is “alright” good enough? We should all strive to do this with whatever our business may be: so that people literally thank God we’re here. That’s not my point though…
I have no doubt that this restaurant (and this chef) will do exceedingly well – it’s impossible that such care and greatness can go unnoticed forever – and for the time being I can enjoy it as an obscure gem. In a similar way I think Jesus’ followers are keepers of a great and glorious secret, of God’s gift and mercy… For those who are in on it, it feeds us for the time being… But there’s no way something this good can be kept a secret forever.
[About the photo: Stolen from photographer Amy Jeng]