~ Embracing Imperfection ~
(This writing is shared by Ann, a wonderful writer friend of mine.)
When I was a little girl, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now & then. And I remember one night in particular when she made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage & extremely burned toast in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom & 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 & jelly on that toast & eat every bite!
When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the toast. And I'll never forget what he said:"Baby, I love burned toast."
Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy goodnight & I asked him if he really liked his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms & said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today & she's real tired. And besides - a little burnt toast never hurt anyone!"
You know, life is full of imperfect things ... & imperfect people. I'm not the best housekeeper or cook. What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults - & choosing to celebrate each other's differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, & lasting relationship.
And that's my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, & the ugly parts of your life & 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 burnt toast isn't a deal-breaker! We could extend this to any relationship in fact - as understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!
"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own."
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