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Friday, October 8, 2010

Burnt Biscuits

Almost on a daily basis, I get those forwarded emails. You all know the ones I'm talking about, right? Silly pictures or urgent warnings that turn out to be urban myths. In the midst of all the silliness these messages usually bring, every once in a while a gem can be found. Below is the gem that was sent to me today. I hope it serves as a reminder that none of us are perfect, and if we were to each acknowledge that in ourselves, our relationships with others would be so much better.

Burnt Biscuits
author unknown

When I was a kid, my mom like to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school.

I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite! When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said. "Honey, I love burned biscuits."

Later that night, i went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really like his biscuits burned. he wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides, a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!"

You know, life is full of imperfect things...and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each others faults, and choosing NOT to celebrate each others differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing and lasting relationship.

That's my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the difficult parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God...because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burned biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!

We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife, a parent-child or a friendship.

Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket...keep it in your own.

I hope this story is as inspirational to you at is to me. I see it as a friendly reminder that despite what's going on around me, I need to keep it all in perspective. There are worse things in the world than burnt biscuits!