Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition last aired in February 2012 but memories of the cooking competition are so fresh in my mind, it seems just like yesterday. Landing the finals was a great achievement by itself and though I did not make it to the top four slots, I felt like a winner. After all I made it from among 60 chosen and 20 official contestants, placing fifth by the final episode. Being able to join the competition was an honor. It also taught me a lot of valuable lessons.
I guess a good lesson never comes easy, you have to learn them the hard way. There was a lot of pressure. The one hour time limit, competing against the others, the heat, the obstacles, the knives, your heart beating and that tiny voice in your mind repeating “What if?”. That was definitely a lot for a bunch of kids to handle (JMC was for 9-12 year olds). But hey! We went through it all, and stood tall at the end of it. It was a great feeling! I realized that when you feel like your just struggling, it means you’re trying to get better.
Another thing I learned is that everything isn’t simply a battle to the top. It’s a challenge, to test you, your abilities, your patience, how hard you’ll fight, how long can you go. Sometimes, God just wants to test you, like how he did to Job. Sometimes, He wants to show how great you actually are and bring you closer to Him, rather than just stay where you are. Sometimes, it’s not about how many times you fall but how you stood up one number more than you fell.
It tests your perseverance, your faith in God who is greater than anything you’ll ever face. Win or lose, it doesn’t matter, because it’s better to lose a fight knowing you gave your all and there’s nothing to look back to with regrets, than to win and not to be content with everything you’ve done.
Just remember that in everything we fight for, we win it for our Father in Heaven. So do your best in everything, so that we may be able to give Him our all.