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Christmas Morning 2012
WARNING: No animals were harmed in the writing of this post. One did get his feelings hurt and the use of ellipsis was highly abused.
Those who know me well know the kitchen is my spot.
I love to cook and bake and I am quite happy serving wonderful food . I am actually a good cook. Yep, I do okay in the kitchen.
For those who knew of the unfortunate "multi-tasking-Mom- frying mini corn dogs- while wrangling a 5 year old and a baby- whilst also answering a phone to be asked by person on the phone to go find the lawn mowing neighbor (we each lived on three acre spreads so it was a long walk) -to come to the phone because her best friend was in the hospital- and then forgetting mini corn dogs frying in grease-resulting in a house fire back in '93 - episode..."...well... this was not like that.
Well, sort of...I may not have lost the house this time, just a bit of dignity.
Oh...focus...That's a story for another day.
One morning, I thought I would make a nice brunch since my son was home from college.
I calmly turned to get the paper towels to wipe up the sticky morning mess and tripped over Shadow the wonder dog.
After he ran from the room with a look of betrayal in his eyes, I bent down to clean up the juice. Boy did I underestimate how many paper towels this might take!
I raised up to get more towels, I bumped...no...no smashed...no...ummm...let's see...slammed is a better word...yes, slammed my head on the cupboard door corner.
Flinching in pain, I, slipping in the spilled juice, did my graceful dance across the kitchen floor. Looked like a server on skates at Sonic with the hiccups hit an oil slick!
Momentarily, I was quite pleased with this maneuver. I would have beaten Mary Lou Retton's perfect "10" if the kitchen judges had been watching...GRACEFUL MUCH?
Melted you ask? Oh, right...
You see, as I pulled my slightly disheveled self up, I accidentally set the food down on the hot burner so I could steady myself to stand.
The platter and only one of the biscuits melted right to the stove!
So overall...it was a good morning, considering most of the food was saved and there were no vehicles with flashing lights involved...which if I remember back to the fire of '93, brought several off duty fire fighters to my house and I had not even brushed my teeth or put on a bra yet, so I don't recommend that.
Back to the sticky morning...
I sort of felt like I was stuck in a really bad Laurel and Hardy bit.
I felt frustrated after the initial spill, but after the slamming and slipping and then the burning, I started to actually get angry. Somehow, it was now the dog's...my son's (for coming home from college prompting me to feel domestic) my daughter's (for calling), and even the builder's fault for placing the cabinets and stove in the particular floor plan that caused my fiasco.
I lost focus on serving a wonderful meal for my family and actually became resentful over fixing such a spread for a table of people who probably would not even notice how hard I worked to prepare such a meal... yes...quite pitiful.
Do you do that? Let the picky little failures or disappointments steal your joy? Even ultimately becoming resentful or pitiful or lashing out at others?
Apparently, I am Ferrari Mom!
I went from Ego to low self esteem in 5.3 seconds.
I use the Greek words "Doxa" and "Hustereo" to give examples of "praiseworthy" or Glory (having value) vs. "hysteria" (lacking in value) to show when we are competent (sometimes even full of ourselves) verses when we feel like a clutz.
Pride is pride.
Whether on the ego end of the spectrum or the low self-esteem end...it is dangerous.
One says I am good because of my own effort or talent and one says God did not make me very well.
Some days a brunch is in order... but today, maybe a "fast" is in order. Or maybe in my case, a "slow". A "SLOW DOWN KATHY"... A "BE STILL, KATHY"!
The Bible tells me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139). So even if my dog focused more on the fearfully part today, I will focus on the truth found in the bible instead of the mess found on my kitchen floor.
I hope when (not if) you have "one of those days" in the future (even if not in the kitchen) you will remember to feel God's love. He's crazy about you! He knows how and when your "off" day will show up, and He is still worthy to be praised. Be still.
I reposted this story because...
I just put the milk in the pantry...I may be slow...but I CAN learn from my past mistakes...can YOU?
May God bless you even in your "Sticky Mornings" and may you remember to praise the Christ of Christmas everyday of your life...not just today.