Sunday, 23 September 2007

On the menu

In a rare spare moment this week I turned on the TV to view Gordon Ramsay trying to rescue a hotel from going out of business. I know the guy's language is appalling but what he was telling the owners made a lot of sense. They were running too many restaurants, one of which was Japanese, whilst at the same time ignoring the obvious connection the seaside town had with France and the availability of wonderful local seafood. The menus had too many dishes and the dishes were all too complicated. The chef was trying to do too much too soon. Gordon advised that they should get a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve, know who was in charge and simplify. Also he realised that the staff were using the bar as their own social club and because they were spending money there the owners let them, fearful of losing the little regular income they did have. Unfortunately genuine customers felt they were intruding and after one visit did not return. The hotel took Gordon's advice and it worked.

Any parallels to the Church? I'll let you make your own but the one that speaks to me at the moment is the chef who was trying to do too much too soon. It's a delicate balance. We need a sense of urgency in reaching the lost and I know I spent too many years holding back because of fear of failure. At the same time, we must not be in a hurry or fall into the trap of thinking more activity is the same as effectiveness. I am always so impressed by the way Jesus allowed God to set the pace for him and not circumstances or other people. The disciples wanted Jesus to delay his visit to Jersusalem indefinitely, whilst Lazarus' sisters could understand why he took so long but Jesus went there in his own time and the ultimate result was resurrection, life and power.

And so I am trying to follow Gordon's wise counsel to seek a clear vision, let God be in charge and simplify!

God bless


(PS CSM Pete, I know you already told me I can't do everything at once but it takes a while for it to sink in)


grumpy said...

Carol and Alan
2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.

God Bless you both

Esther said...

I lived on the streets of Nottingham before becoming a christian. I was never in trouble, I had just opted out of life.
I slept in broadmarsh bus station toilets on a night.
My weight dropped to 6 stone so I had to use a belt to keep my jeans up.
One monday I called in to the local Social Security. A woman sat behind the desk, she asked me if I was alright. I said no. She directed me to a cubicle and said someone would come and talk to me.
My head was all over the place wondering what I would tell them about my address, would they give me some more money? Was there going to be huge forms to fill in? - and then in he came.
He said,'My name is Mr Day,I am inspector for Social Security at West Bridgeford. Would you like to go to church with me tonight? Well I wasn't doing anything else that night.
Church at talbort st was warm and friendly, however my weight still went down and I ended up in hospital.
The doctor just happened to be a committed christian.Dr Chris Andrews. He told me about the living bible. He also found me somewhere to live with other christians, where I met my husband.
I used to grumble at having nothing to eat, but if I'd had plenty to eat I would have been well and the woman at the social security would never have noticed me. I also would never have met Dr Chris Andrews, so wouldn't have met my husband.
God has it all worked out, His plans are perfect for my life.
All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
And what's this got to do with what you were talking about? Well, we should never try to rush ahead of God, He has it sorted.