Too Many Cooks

Chef Blair Rasmussen and colleagues, Vancouver, 2009
Photo by VancouverConvention on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Can you have too much of a good thing?

When it comes to chocolate, I would say an unequivocal no.

What about when it comes to having assistance in the kitchen? Surely you can’t go wrong having an abundance of help when you’re cooking?

You would think not, wouldn’t you?

But there’s a limit to how many “sous-chefs” you should have.

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “too many cooks spoil the broth.” This idiom can be literally true. One person might decide the soup needs more salt, so liberally adds more. The next helper might think the soup is too salty, so dilutes it to compensate.

Some might figure the soup needs more onion; others think it’s too spicy. Each tries to correct the perceived mistakes of the others until you end up with an inedible mess.

Sometimes we need to be judicious about who we listen to.

There are some key examples in Scripture which teach us that too many “cooks” or advisors can confuse and divide us.

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Get Under the Dome

Image by Karuvadgraphy from Pixabay

They say if you put a seashell up to your ear, you can hear the sea.

Maybe some people truly can.

With my luck, I’m more likely to hear, “Your call is very important to us. Please stay on the line…” or, “How did you get this number?”

Sometimes it’s hard to tune in to what you really want to hear, isn’t it?

Similarly, it’s often difficult for us to hear God clearly.

There are so many other competing voices in our lives, and even our own thoughts can crowd out God’s attempts to get through to us.

We’ll discuss more about how to hear from God in future posts, but for now let’s concentrate on the most important tip:

Get under the dome.

What do I mean by that?

Perhaps I can best illustrate this by exploring a quirk in the construction of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, United Kingdom.

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