When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every
now and then. 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!
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 ugly
burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing…never made a face
nor uttered a word about it!
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 every now and then.”
Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if
he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and
said, “Your Mom put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired.
And besides–a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!”
As I’ve grown older, I’ve thought about that many times. 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. But what I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept
each other’s faults and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences
is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and
And that’s my prayer for you today…that you will learn to take the
good, the bad, and the ugly 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 burnt 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 or parent-child or
“Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket–keep it
in your own.” So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one
will do just fine.
And PLEASE pass this along to someone who has enriched your life–I
just did! Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is
fighting some kind of battle.
“Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil–it has no point”