SOMETIMES, BURNT BISCUITS AREN’T BAD
An elderly gentleman once told this story that proved to be an inspiration to me. I hope it inspires you as well.
He said that when he was a young boy his mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. He remembered one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.
When everyone was called to the table, there was a plate of fried eggs, sausage, and extremely burned biscuits. he recalled waiting to see what his dad would say. Yet, all Dad did was reach for a biscuit, smiled at his mom and asked him how his day was at school.
He couldn’t recollect what his dad told him that night, but he does remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite! When this young boy got up from the table that evening, he remembers hearing his mom apologizing to his dad for burning the biscuits. He’ll never forget what his dad said: “Honey, you make the best-burned biscuits in the world!”
Later that night, he went to tell his Dad good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. His dad wrapped him in his arms and said, “Your Mommy put in a hard day at work today and she came home exhausted. She did her best under the circumstances, And besides – a little-burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!”
This taught this young lad that life is full of imperfect things… and imperfect people. In fact, none of us can say we are perfect all the time. We tend to forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what we’ve discovered 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.
This should be our prayer every day. That we will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of our life and lay them on the altar at the feet of God. Release them into God’s hands so that His will and His will alone is done. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give us a relationship where a burnt biscuit doesn’t lead to leaving a relationship in ashes. We can extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friend to friend!
Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to see beyond the imperfections. So don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s hands – keep it in your own. A burnt biscuit can represent anything a person tries to do for you out of love and compassion that may not be perfect. So, the next time someone offers you a burnt biscuit, smile and say, “I’ve never had a biscuit like this before, but I’m sure it’s okay!” – Dr. Robert R Seyda