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Be of Good Cheer part 2 [1-10-21]

My wife and I have binged our way through several seasons of "The Great British Baking Show" on Netflix. It is light and positive entertainment. The contestants, judges, and hosts are genuinely kind people. It's a breath of fresh air, or should I say, fresh baked bread.

While not a baker…although I am a huge fan of baked goods…I have learned a few things about baked goods.

For cakes and pastries, you have to get your layers right; you have to get your structure right in order for the dessert to hold up. Under-proving and overworking are bad things to do to dough. It's the stability and correct implementation of the little things that maintain the integrity of the bake.

To put it another way, as any good baseball or football coach knows, if you're going to be successful, you have to master the fundamentals of your game. Little things lay the foundation for success. Repetition. You do the right thing the right way over and over again. Soon, it's like second nature. You ignore or neglect the fundamentals at your expense. It makes sense.

Jesus affirms this principle in Luke when he says that whoever can be trusted with small things can also be trusted with big things. You work on the basics, day-in-and-day-out in your life, and you've built a structure out of which rises a God-serving and God-honoring life.