Friday, February 22, 2013

Acceptance

My Lifeboat friend, Sandy  passed this along to me, and I thought you might enjoy this meaningful little story, too.
 
"Pass Me A Burned One"
(anonymous)

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 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 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 liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your momma put in a long hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides... a 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 to celebrate each others differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. So...please pass me a biscuit. And yes, the burned one will do just fine! Life is too short to wake up with regrets... Love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don't. Enjoy life now -- it has an expiration date!

No matter how you've been burned by circumstances in life, this little story is good food for thought.
ferree

P.S. My private Facebook group, Lifeboat, picks up new survivors all the time. If you're a widow, would you like to climb aboard, too? Simply friend me, Ferree Hardy, on Facebook and message the word Lifeboat to me. I'll add you to the group. If you find it's not what you need, you just opt out. But I'd venture to say you'll agree with others who say, "I've been looking for something like this!"

5 comments:

  1. There were many times I burnt the food, not too bad to throw out, but not the best to eat... but too tired to do it over and ever so lovingly Tom would say

    "my wife loves me so much she
    serves burnt offerings"
    OR.........
    "where he leads me I will follow
    and what he feeds me I will
    swallow." (and just smile)

    BUT -
    He would never complain, turn away or act if enything was any different and would always say grace even for burnt offerings.

    Whenever I would serve a beautiful dark brown supper I would jokingly say ...."well honey, I'm sorry but it will sustain life"

    That's one of the things I miss about him was his grace to allow goof-ups and I did my share,(as did he) even if the house was untidy.... never would he complain.

    We ALL need the grace of understanding and forgivness.

    Several years ago I had a problem with the scripture "be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect" So I did some serious praying about this.....and in time God revealed to me that the word PERFECT in the Greek and Hebrew actually means COMPLETE.

    Now the word perfect in the English Lexicon means and/or implies = to be without fault, excellence of the highest order.

    What I believe the Lord was actually saying to his children is "be complete as your Father in heaven is complete"

    Because I know I could never live up to this worlds system of perfection - the perfect figure, the perfect job, the perfect hair, the pepsodent smile, the perfect grade, perfect house, perfect wife, perfect children.. it's crazy the baggage this worlds system entraps us in.

    But Grace frees us from all this world's entrapments, even the need to be perfect. (thank goodness - which is God)


    L/dodi

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  2. Prayer Request

    My sister (mary) had opened heart surgery 6 days ago in Charleston, SC (age-56) has been in ICU and is still on a ventilator, her fever is spiking and vitals unstable. They said last night they were going to open her again and place a pacemaker in her. Their present major concern right now is the high fever & unstable vitals.
    I ask for your prayers for her, the Doctors, Nurses and Family.

    Thank you
    Dodi / SC

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  3. I'll be praying for your sister, Dodi. And for you too. And I like how that word "perfect" is better understood as "complete." I'd sure never make perfect, but complete sounds very satisfying. love to you, ferree

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  5. I'm so sorry about your sister, Dodi. How is she doing?

    The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. Psalm 41:3

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