Thursday, April 2, 2009

Making Dinner and a Lesson Learned

A couple of weeks ago Phillip had to run an errand. He let Ellie and Ethan stay home to "help" Mom make dinner. I sort of rolled my eyes when he left, thinking that I could get dinner done much faster if I didn't have these little hands to contend with. However, I soon discovered that their joy was contagious. They were literally thrilled to have helped prepare the salmon for baking. They marvelled at how the sugar melted in the saute pan and covered the pecans just so. They were tickled to be able to munch on the candied pecans while they arranged them on the salad with the strawberries. That evening we had a beautiful dinner. Beautiful in that I had two little "helpers" who took much delight in presenting their handiwork to their father. It wasn't the actual work that made their hearts skip a beat - but the look on Daddy's face, showing his approval. I can't help think of the parallel of how we as Christians should labor for our heavenly Father - not taking delight in our own accomplishments, but looking to how it would bring a smile to our Saviour's lips.
I enjoyed making dinner that night, in taking the time to have fun with the preparation. I enjoyed watching my children's faces as they received much acclaim from Daddy. I am thankful that in even this, there was a lesson learned.

6 comments:

~~Deby said...

What a great analogy...and btw those children of yours a so sweet, Charissa....
deby
your meal sounded delicious,as well

B.E.Hughes said...

Lovely analogy, Charrissa!

BTW, your current kitchen is SO MUCH nicer/larger than the "closet" you previously had, but were so content with anyway! LOL

Jenny B. said...

What sweet moments and sweet memories (and lesson ;)). :) Thanks for sharing.

Karilee said...

Thank you for sharing your lesson. I too, am guilty of "rolling my eyes" to the same situation and have almost missed the same blessing that you are talking about.
Now that I've gotten my spankings...I am learning to "let go" and let the children "help" with the preparation of meals. It is such a joy to see my daughter work diligently to slice vegetables and then be so proud to serve and eat them!! It also reminds me to make sure that I am having the same joyful spirit even when I don't have help. :)
BTW---Your dinner sounds scrumptious!

Anonymous said...

Such a great reminder! It is always "easier" to do it quick or have the older ones help out, but you are right, letting the little ones help out is a precious thing and allows for them to learn. I love the analogy you gave...so wonderful to think that when we do our best for our heavenly father, he smiles at us!! A great inspiration, thank you!

~Emily

Lisa's Blessed A Latte said...

I am terrible about letting go...I recently let my Abigail help with dinner and the sense of accomplishment on her face was priceless. Very sweet post. Thank you for sharing.