So we ventured around this giant kitchen, ‘learning’ how to do everything and the amazing dutch kitchen manager, in his blunt dutch way explained something huge.
– When I see something wrong I will point it out very bluntly, I’m not making a personal attack, you are not the problem, the problem is the problem and it needs to be fixed, and that’s easy. So don’t take it personally –
It was a beautiful explanation of something that, if I was in the kitchen, would probably happen on a daily basis, and my Australian-ness would respond in defensive violent vitriol, and he was asking for grace and patience in advance, because I wouldn’t be the problem, the problem would be.
Shame is something that eats away at a large portion of the world and pushes them to do many stupid things to prove that we are worthy, fun to be around or not depraved. Shame says ‘there is something wrong with ME’, and God says the complete opposite. God died on a cross because we are worth loving to him. We are worth saving in his eyes.
We are not the problem, our unhealthy choices are the problem. Our weakness in finding comfort in less than great things is the problem, our penchant for selfishness is the problem. And like the kitchen problems, the problem is very easy to fix, especially when the ‘kitchen manager’ is around.
God doesn’t want to play the role of sin manager. He wants to ‘cook’ alongside us, creating giant tasty meals for millions of people.
But on the whole, we respond in defensive violent vitriol.
YOU’RE NOT REALLY GOD.
YOU CAN’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO
WHERE WERE YOU WHEN MY MUM DIED.
YOU SAID IT WOULD WORK OUT
BUT I LIKE DOING SUCH AND SUCH WHY WOULD YOU TAKE IT AWAY, YOU ARE JUST MEAN.
etc etc blah blah, excuse after excuse when really we should get on our knees and cry.
HELP ME. I DID SOMETHING STUPID. THERES A PROBLEM AND I NEED HELP FIXING IT.
Humility is so attractive.
You are never the problem.
Your pride might be.
And it is an easy fix