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Learning life in the kitchen

life in the kitchen

I’m not a baker.

I guess I kind of believe you’re either a cook or a baker but not both. Maybe you can do both, but you excel at one.

One is more natural. More intuitive and organic.

For me, that is cooking. Growing up in a restaurant I learned not to be afraid of a big pot of something.

I love to make soups and pastas and marinades and I never use a recipe. I don’t think I really ever use a recipe. I don’t see the need for them because I know what I like and I figure I’ll wing it, and make it work in the mixing.

But baking requires a recipe. I’ve learned that the hard way.

The ingredients are more precise and important, and a handful instead of a teaspoon means a lot. Use baking soda instead of baking powder and well, {sigh}. I’ve done that too.

But I can make bread. I think bread making is kind of like cheating in the baking world.

It seems so elusive and hard and intimidating…but it’s so not.

And there’s something so intensely interesting about the process of making bread. So much deeper than just making bread.

Something in the mixing.

Some life lessons are best learned in the kitchen. When ingredients are neutral and the lessons are not.

It’s that little bit of yeast. That a tablespoon of yeast mixed with water and sugar will get all bubbly and frothy and work through a whole batch of dough.

I remember a time a number of years ago when I was totally being thrown off balance by a troubled friendship. Every day brought confusion and curiosity and cruelty, but never conflict. Which made things even more confusing.

Then one day I was reading my Bible and felt compelled toward Galatians. I opened to this verse and it changed everything.

Because the Bible helps me understand that my silly little conflicts and circumstances aren’t silly. They’re real. And there are lessons to be learned in each one.

It never ceases to amaze me that He knew before the foundations of the earth I would need these words:

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough. I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one that is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will pay the penalty. You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself. If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. Galatians 5:7-15

Every time I make bread I am reminded how a little yeast works through a whole batch of dough.

 

That could be a friendship, a relationship, a bad habit, an addiction or a lie. A little bit of yeast soon works through the whole batch of dough. I had to walk away from some of the things and people that were working negatively into all aspects of my life. I wanted to be free.

I learned that the same principle holds true of wisdom, truth, worship and love. Time spent with those who are wise, in quiet reflection and study, does too certainly begin it’s work through the whole batch of dough.

Baking bread reminds me to consider what yeast is active in my life.

I see so clearly the effects this has on my kids and the influences in their life, but I’m quick to assume I’m immune.

I am not. 

Today’s Challenge: Ask yourself, what kind of yeast is working in your life? It’s a hard question because then you cannot deny you need to do something about it. For it will certainly work through the whole batch of dough. Decide today that you will remove the negative yeast from your life. I bet you don’t even have to think about it because you already know what it is. Do the right thing. You were called to be free. 

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