I can't cook, can you?

"I can't cook, can I? But you, you can."  Have you ever felt like you couldn't do something?  That you didn't have the talent or skill needed?  That you were frightened or confused?  If you have seen the movie Ratatouille, you may know that this is exactly how Linguini felt.  He was trying to be a chef, but he couldn't, he didn't know how.  He was not capable of being a chef by himself.  However, Linguini then me Remy, a lovable rat who happened to be a very good cook, especially for a rat...  

Linguini realized that in order to cook, he needed the help of someone who knew how, namely Remy.  So he allowed Remy to lead him and allowed Remy to work through him.  Because of this, Linguini was able to accomplish great things and found who he could be as a chef, a friend and a leader.  All of this drastically changed Linguini as a person from being clumsy, confused and careless to confident and courageous as a leader.

Who caused this change?  Remy.  Linguini accepted that he could not be a chef without Remy.  He needed Remy to work through him as we need God to work in us.  Our purpose as image bearers and mirrors cause our identity to be tied to Christ.  If we allow God to work in us then He can perform amazing feats through us as Remy did through Linguini.  "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)  If we allow Christ to work in us, we gain His strength.  In accepting Christ's work in us, we will never become less of ourselves.  In fact, we will become all that we are meant to be.

We can't cook or be perfectly patient, love, kind or obedient, but God can.  If we accept His work in us, God can achieve incredible wonders through us.  I Corinthians 6:17 (NIV) says, "...whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit."  If we unite ourselves with God and accept His work in us then He can accomplish great deeds, so let's let Him.

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Lydia, one of our eleventh grade students (pictured above).