“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.”  (1 John 3:1-2)

One of my favourite television shows can be found on the food network — Chopped. In case you have never watched the show, here is a quick overview. There are three judges, one host and four contestants. The contestants each have a basket of mystery ingredients. Typically,  they have to turn these mystery ingredients into an appetizer, entree and dessert. Each round someone gets “chopped” and as a consequence, does not move on to the next round. But the basket ingredients can be CRAZY. I have seen so many strange food combinations that turn out awesome because the chef was able to re-create something into a better food product.

Me? I LOVE to do things different — just to see how they turn out. This mostly applies to cooking but can happen in other parts of my life as well. Years ago, when I still worked as a hairdresser, I was always taking strange combinations of colour and applying them to my client(s) hair. Of course, I never worried about what might happen but my co-workers certainly did.

I remember one time a girl came in wanting a very specific colour but we were out of it. So what did I do?  I mixed two opposite shades — one darker and one lighter — than she wanted and it turned out perfect. The girl left happy! Still, my co-workers told me I was crazy … but  I was satisfied. It might not have made sense at the time, but I was confident that with my experience, knowledge and training, everything would turn out as it should 🙂

This morning, I decided to make a chicken dinner. I pulled the chicken out of the freezer, set the oven on low and put the chicken in the oven. I had Chopped re-runs showing periodically throughout the day. I pvr them so the kids and I can get creative  at a later time 😉 Three of the shows I had pvr’d were Thanksgiving shows. One used leftovers … yummy!  Yes, I decided to make stuffing. But not just any stuffing — it had to be apple pie stuffing 😉

My typical stuffing recipe goes like this. Sauté onions in butter, add spices, pour over chopped bread, mix, add a little egg and water to make it moist, stuff the bird or conversely, put the stuffing into a greased pan to bake. I did all of this … but after I sautéd my onions and butter, I added my chopped up, semi frozen apple pie to it … and then added my spices, poured it over my bread, mixed it together with a little egg and water …. placed it in a greased loaf pan and I put it in the oven with the chicken.

I didn’t taste the stuffing first. I just cooked it. I knew that I was taking a huge risk. You should know that my hubby does NOT like it when I do weird things to his food. I didn’t say a word. No one but the girls knew what I did and to them, they didn’t know I was doing something weird;) The stuffing turned out AWESOME. It was moist (just a little sweet) and the pie crust added a cool texture to the bread. I wish I would have had a few cranberries to add to it. Apple pie stuffing will definitely be on my table at Christmas dinner. My husband — the best part is that he has no idea 😉

The same thing happens to us. When God created us, He took a little of this and a little of that, and probably threw in a little something that would be considered strange but the end result is the faces you look at every day. We all are unique. Just like my apple pie stuffing. And that is how it should be. Siblings are the result of two very different people. My parents had five kids, and I can attest that not one of us looks alike. We have features in common or behaviours that are similar but each time God formed that single egg and sperm into one of us, He mixed it up a little — or a lot. Much like on the show Chopped, four contestants and four baskets result in four totally different meals — that in the end each taste different to three different judges. Still, in each example, each chef knew what he was doing, just like God does.

So the next time you want to be like someone else, remember God made you to be EXACTLY who you are. It’s up to you to embrace His uniqueness that is you. To enjoy and embrace your special qualities that are you and live life in a way that won’t get you Chopped. Sometimes being a little different, can turn into something amazing 😉

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