Friday, October 17, 2008
To Whom Much Is Given
As much as I hate to admit it. I kind of enjoy reality TV. Well, maybe not for all the obvious reasons like cat fighting or the intervention programs for celebrities trying to lose weight or stop using drugs or even the horrific "Real Housewives of Atlanta" but rather those that celebrate a hero attitude. Take for example, the new reality show called the "Chef Jeff Project" which aired on the Food Network Sunday evening. Jeff Henderson, or Chef Jeff as he likes to be called went from a man serving a 10-year prison term for a cocaine operation, to an Executive chef for Cafe Bellagio in Las Vegas to a best selling author. While incarcerated, he developed an appreciation for cooking and a desire to turn his life around. How many of us have experienced times like that in our lives. Finding ourselves in some of the darkest seasons and places we never expected to be in only to have our situation miraculously turned around. Yet, in Jeff's case his miracles went a step further when he was offered his own show. Talk about grace! But it gets even better. Jeff also realized that "to whom much is given, much is expected." He didn't allow himself to be caught up in the success of his new found life. He decided to use his show as a platform to reach kids in the inner city by giving them an opportunity to gain wisdom, discipline, courage, cooking skills and something that they may have never gotten in their lives before, someone who believed in them. Suffice it to say, that for these young men and women their dew season has finally arrived.