For the next seven days I’m taking a challenge to amp up my intentional kindness. So start thinking of ways you might take part in the challenge with me.
I recently read a story I’d like to share with you:
Burnt Biscuits ~ Author Unknown
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, 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 Dad good night and I asked him if he really liked 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!’
Life is full of imperfect things…..and imperfect people.
I’m gifted at imperfection. I forget birthdays and anniversaries. I forget to return phone calls. I am easily distracted, so getting my undivided attention is sometimes challenging. I need forgiveness and patience.
Being kind and loving to other imperfect people is key to creating healthy, growing, and lasting relationships.
How do we bring kindness to those relationships that make us crazy? How do we show kindness to annoying acquaintances? How do we offer kindness to rude strangers?
How do we handle the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of life and cover them with kindness?
We lay every annoying imperfection at the feet of God, because He is the Only One able to give us relationships where a burnt biscuit isn’t a big deal! Where loving the biscuit burner is more important than our taste buds.
I’m blessed to share my life with a man who has eaten more than his share of burnt biscuits. A man who repeats conversations when I’m inattentive. One who is patient and forgiving.
When our children were young, Rev made a rule that if they complained about dinner . . . they earned the privilege of doing the dishes. Like the father in the story above, he taught them by example to value the things that make for healthy lasting relationships. Relationships where eating a burnt biscuit for the sake of a tired momma’s feelings isn’t a big deal! It’s love.
So, this week let’s be intentional about showing kindness, let’s work on our relationships even when it means we eat a little burnt biscuit.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:12-15