When I was a boy, Mama liked to cook breakfast food for supper
every now and then. I remember an evening in particular when she
had made breakfast, after a long, hard day at work. On that evening
so long ago, Mama placed a plate of eggs,grits, sausage and
extremely burned biscuits in front of Daddy. I remember waiting to
see if he would notice.
But, all daddy did was reach for his biscuit, smile at Mama and ask
me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that
evening 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 or said a word about it!
When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing Mama
apologize to Daddy for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget
what he said. "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."
Later that evening, when I went to kiss Daddy good night, I asked
him if he really liked his biscuits burned? He wrapped me in his
arms and said, "Your Mama put in a hard day at work today and she's
real tired. And besides, a little burned biscuit every now and then
never hurt anybody!"
As I've grown older, I've thought about that evening many times.
Life is not always fair and it is full of imperfect things and
imperfect people and I'm not the best, at much of anything, I
forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everybody else. But
what I've learned over the years, is that learning to accept each
other's faults and choosing to celebrate each others differences,
is one of the most important keys to creating healthy, growing, and
And that's my prayer for you today...that you will learn to take
the good, bad and 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 ain't such a big deal!
This can be extended to any relationship. In fact, understanding,
is the real basis of all relationships, be it brother-sister,
husband-wife, parent-child, partners or just plain old friendship!
"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 yeah, the burned one will be just
And PLEASE pass this along to somebody who has enriched your life.
Be kinder than necessary because everybody you meet is fighting
some kind of battle.