It’s Bake Off season at the moment!
– The ‘Great British Bake Off’ is a television baking competition that takes place in ‘the tent’ (a marquee). A baker’s dozen compete against each other in a series of rounds, with a contestant being eliminated each week.
It’s become such a popular series, that there’s an additional weekly programme, ‘An Extra Slice’, which takes a humorous look at the week’s round and features the eliminated baker.
I found this week’s edition unexpectedly moving, and it got me asking myself what makes life meaningful?
– Home-baked cakes could be one answer!
But actually, if we stop to notice, it’s the little things in life that can make a big impact.
This week’s eliminated baker was a young man, Jamie, who in just two episodes has endeared himself to many:
You can tell how old a Bake Off viewer is, simply by whether they want to marry Jamie, or adopt him! (Twitter)
Jamie appeared to be without guile, and when asked by Jo Brand (the Extra Slice host) what he would miss most, he said:
“…the small things, like the little pack lunch boxes”
He could have highlighted many alternatives, such as being on camera or being with the celebrity judges, but no, his instant response was ‘the small things’.
Jamie also got me thinking about what constitutes ‘success’.
It’s refreshing to watch someone who keeps things in perspective, and the filming of his time in the tent, captured this well.
Later, when Jo questioned him about the 3D biscuit guitar he’d made (that contributed to his elimination) he said:
“It was the best I’d ever made, so I was really pleased about it.
Obviously compared with the other biscuit sculptures it wasn’t in their league, but I was happy with that”.
Truth is, I can fret about my perceived failures. But God only calls us to do the best we can and to be happy with our good efforts. So let’s treasure Jamie’s attitude, for:
The only thing we can agree on in the UK in highly divided times, is how much of a national treasure Jamie is! (Twitter)
Truth is… Mean spirited ambition isn’t wisdom James 3:14