Resolutions and Fire Extinguishers

Written By: Laura Rouse-DeVore

Today we ring in the year 2013. I am wondering how everyone is doing with their New Year’s resolutions? Did you make any? I think that prayerfully setting goals for ourselves is biblical. Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) says: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

Also, Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) says: “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”

I think as we set goals for ourselves it is important to remember that God measures success differently than the world does. Personally, I have set goals that I would like to accomplish for the year 2013. Practically speaking, a little accountability in accomplishing those goals wouldn’t hurt, right? So, I ask you all to be an accountability partner with me in accomplishing one of my goals for 2013.

But, first, you will need to understand some things about me that you might not already know.

First, I come from a long line of excellent cooks. My grandparents were all from farm families and, although neither of my parents grew up on a farm, both lived lives in the farming communities and circles of central Indiana. My mom tells stories of watching her parents raise, kill, and cook their own chickens from the chicken house on their property. My dad tells stories of helping bale hay, raising and milking cows, etc.

What also comes with being a part of a farm family is a heritage of excellent cooks. Our family dinners are full of rich foods, decadent desserts, and all the fat and calories you could ever possibly want!!

Second, unfortunately I have not received this ability to just prepare a dish with ease. (And when I say “a dish”, what I actually mean is “ANY dish”!) In fact, this is where the “Fire Extinguishers” mentioned in the title comes into play. That is really only a slight exaggeration of my horrible cooking skills.

Fire in kitchenWhen my husband and I were first married, I found I had a marvelous talent of being able to burn plastic on one of the burners of the stove in our apartment EVERY time I made dinner! Once when I was making simple hamburgers and heating up a can of vegetables it resulted in an entire foam plate being burned onto one of our burners!! People have actually threatened to nominate me for the Food Network show titled “Worst Cooks in America”!!

Just so you understand the gravity of my inability to cook, I will offer the admission that I have NEVER been able to make Jello from a box!! I understand it is a simple thing and you just read the instructions on the box, however, it never wants to set for me!! (The good news for those that have been invited over for dinner is my husband is actually a very good cook!)

Now to get back to my goals…So, today, on January 1, 2013, I set a goal that I will try to cook more homemade recipes and hopefully, improve my cooking skills along the way. Yes, that’s right, I am going to attempt to use the cookbooks that are dusty and remain unopened since our wedding 13 years ago, and try my best to make my creations look like the savory pictures I admire in said cookbooks.

For the sake of being vulnerable, I must confess: this goal absolutely FRIGHTENS me! Hopefully, this will be a fun yet challenging goal for me and won’t require the use of any fire extinguishers or result in my nomination to the “Worst Cooks in America”!

Though realistically, I know it might…

Regardless, as simple and silly this goal may seem – we serve a God who cares about the small things too! No matter the outcome, no matter how many nights I burn plastic on the burner, and no matter how many nights my children beg me to let Daddy cook – at the end of this adventure, I will still be a success in the eyes of my Heavenly Father (Epic Kitchen Failure or not) because His word says:

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” Psalm 139:13 (NIV)

What goals have you set for yourself in this New Year? How can we encourage each other as we embark on these challenges together!!

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