I love leftovers.

Ever since I was a kid, I have gained a deep sense of satisfaction from scavenging through the fridge, finding some important ingredients, and then reheating them into a mouth-watering meal.

Most of my family does not share this passion or skill for cultivating leftovers into something great.

The meat and sides from a few days ago that some would render disgusting, are staples in what I would consider a world-class lunch.

Just a few days ago, several of us in the church office enjoyed an incredible lunch. I brought in some chicken that had been cooked to perfection on the grill, we had some leftover bread from a local bakery and a few different types of cheese from a wedding. Throw in a bean dip from the church fridge and some “Cheez Its” from the nursery and we had everything we needed for a lunch to fuel an afternoon full of ministry.

We were not playing games….and I mean no disrespect to any of our incredible local restaurants in KC, but this sandwich was….NEXT LEVEL.

And there were no leftovers from our leftovers. Every single bite of those sandwiches was consumed.

Cultivating a great meal, whether it’s fresh or from leftovers can be fun and filling, but it can also be a work of art. The best Chefs in the world (I’m not quite there yet) have perfected an ability to find and combine various ingredients into a memorable entrée.

This Sunday, I look forward to talking more about cultivating, however, food won’t be the basis…that would just make everyone hungry. We will continue our four-part sermon series through Philemon by focusing on what it means to cultivate healthy relationships.

Cultivate describes the root word, culture and specifically, we will discover how healthy relationships thrive best in a culture of forgiveness.

But how do we create a culture of forgiveness and why is it so important for success in our relationships? You’ll have to come tomorrow to find out.

I sure hope you can join us on Sunday in person at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity) or 10:45 am, or watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.