Thursday, March 21, 2013
This was passed on to me via email from a friend. I thought it was appropriate to pass on to all of the Sparkters. Each of us is on this journey but every journey is different. It has different meaning for each of us, and we each have a goal in mind. Unfortunately, along the way, many people have to deal with obstacles and unforeseen circumstances that hamper their success. I think that sometimes we forget that, and we may be quick to judge others attitudes or behaviors or the comments they make without really understanding why they present themselves the way they do. Just this morning I made a comment on a blog without really knowing the whole story. I wasn't rude, but I certainly would have changed the tone of my comment had I known the whole story. I think most of us, if not all of us, are here for encouragement and support in a "non-judgment zone", and that is what we should strive to offer each other. Everyone deserves a kind word, a smile, encouraging words, praise, feelings of accomplishment and self worth. If I can be that one small link that helps someone have a better day and give them a sense of pride in their efforts then I will strive to be that person.
This is so true and well worth remembering!! Have an awesome day!
"When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular 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 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 Momma 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 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 lasting relationship.
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 friendship!
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. Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."