“The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.”   – Ecclesiastes 7:8  

This morning I made chocolate chip pancakes, wanting my older son to have a filling breakfast before he left for a weekend camping trip in the mountains with his Scout troop.  As I did so, I remembered him proudly telling me once that he had cooked pancakes for his Troop on a previous camping trip.  Not only was I surprised that he had cooked something, but also surprised that he had cooked for others.  He was pleased to report that they liked his pancakes! 

Consequently, the next time we made pancakes, my younger son wanted his older brother to make them.  My older son did a great job making pancakes for all of us, and each turned out perfectly!  However, we had to wait very patiently for our breakfasts because he cooked just one pancake at a time.  I suggested that he could speed up the process by cooking more than one, but he insisted that this was the way he did it.

We certainly cooked pancakes differently!  I cooked several at a time, and while waiting for one side of the pancakes to cook, I tried to multi-task by rinsing out the mixing bowl, pouring drinks, and doing whatever else needed to be done.  In just minutes I’d produce a whole batch of pancakes and would have other tasks done, too!

However, I quickly learned that productivity and efficiency weren’t the only differences in the way we made our pancakes.  The results were different, too.  His were better than mine!  He had taken the time to tend to each pancake, making sure it cooked just right.  I, on the other hand, tried to cook too many at once while juggling other tasks, and my pancakes were inconsistent.  Some were done perfectly, but others were too done or not done enough. 

It occurred to me that results in life often parallel the lesson I learned from making pancakes.  Whether tending to my family, church matters, school matters, running errands, or doing things for fun, the results are better and more consistent when I allow myself to tend to each task properly, treating it as if I wanted it to turn out like a perfect pancake, not too done, and not undercooked. 

This lesson is especially important to me as I seek to serve the Lord.  I want to do my best to serve Him and not compromise my efforts by taking on too much at one time or distracting myself with other tasks.  For me, this is best accomplished by seeking God’s will and keeping my priorities in tact as I decide what to do and when to do it. 

How about you?  How do you cook your pancakes? 

Dear God,  Help me to serve You and manage my family, too, in a way that cooks up satisfying and consistently pleasing results.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

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