The reality show Top Chef features chefs competing against each other in a variety of culinary challenges. One of the challenges is called the Quickfire Challenge, in which the chefs must cook a dish using specific ingredients.
Although chefs typically like to pick their own ingredients, in this particular segment the contestants must make the most of the ingredients picked for them by someone else.
In a similar way, you don’t get to pick the ingredients for your life. God does. God picks the talent and gifts available for you. And it is up to you to make the most of what God has given you.
Don’t waste your time comparing your ingredients with somebody else’s ingredients. They may have Old Bay. You may have Lawry’s. They may have garlic powder. You may have lemon pepper. They may have Adobo. You may have Accent.
Rather than compare ingredients, make the most of the gifts, talent, and time God has given you.