The Perfect Timing For Something New
|For a chef, mastering timing for cooking is essential to making a great meal. That knowledge of timing is also important for life. We have to know when to slow down, move forward, jump into something, or back off. It’s not an easy lesson to learn, but one that’s worth considering in this week’s blast, especially since it’s now time for us to announce some exciting news.
First: my new book Spicing Up Married Life is finally set to hit the market in September. This book took several years for me to write. Many times I asked in prayer, “Lord, why is this taking so long to write?” But when the production team determined September 2012 as the launch date, I realized God’s perfect timing allows me to dedicate this book to my parents who celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on September 22. Perfect timing, God!
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Second: I am also pleased to announce that I’ve received a new assignment. While I enjoyed my five years serving on faculty at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, I missed parish life terribly, and I knew in my heart it would be time to transition soon. My new assignment doing part-time work as a parish priest at Our Lady of the Fields in Millersville, MD, will also provide me opportunities to continue my work with Grace Before Meals. It’s a perfect fit and comes at a perfect time.
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I’m very excited returning to parish work while continuing the apostolate of Grace Before Meals-a basic extension of my work as a priest. If you’re ever in the area, and I’m saying Mass, stop by and visit!
Third: I finally got a new car after my previous one was deemed a total wreck after hitting a deer. While I obsessed about the type of car to purchase for about 3 months, I came across an unplanned “Pre-Labor Day Sale” that offered me a great deal. The salesman was a great guy who really helped me discern when and what type of car to purchase. His name, Anthony Miller (who I highly recommend at Fox Chevrolet in Laurel, MD) reminded me of the name St. Anthony-the patron Saint who helps you find things (like the right car)-and Miller of my new parish in Millersville, It gave me some assurance to my decision for a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. I know that seems like a complete stretch, and perhaps a bit superstitious, but the timing of the purchase couldn’t have been better. Again, another perfect timing moment for God!
And finally, I wanted to share with you a video that captures the need for perfect timing. It features my nieces and nephews in a fiercely friendly cooking competition. Last year’s competition was won by the Girls’ Team, based on the technicality that the Boys’ Team went over the allotted time. This year, the boys worked very hard on timing, and their creativity and taste brought them to victory.
Watch the fun, and perhaps you may be inspired to host a similar event in your own home. There’s no better time than the present to make more efforts to bring your family together and celebrate some fun with food-especially in this busy time of the new school year.
Learning time management-in cooking and in life-is a lifelong lesson to be learned. May I suggest that learning this timing requires making sufficient time for prayer, especially since God certainly knows how to provide the right things at the perfect time!
Let us pray:Father in Heaven, all times and seasons obey Your law. Help us to be better managers of our time by making sure we spend sufficient time in prayer with You. May our days in this new season of Grace be blessed, and may we always trust and be patient, knowing that You provide us with perfect timing. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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