Not so long ago, I was going through my 45-year+ recipe box I received for a wedding shower gift. You know, the kind with tabbed dividers that hold three by five lined cards and you actually write out recipes! I had not browsed through it for quite some time, and I was hunting down a specific recipe. My fingers stumbled upon “Life’s Recipe” on a piece of paper that was nestled in with other cards behind my “Meat” divider.
I recognized it from years long gone by. Before continuing my specific recipe search, I paused a moment to read it. And then I drew a breath and pondered on the ingredients and instructions for “baking” this recipe. I have never discovered the author. I am thinking someone never got credit for how this life recipe has traveled around to thousands of readers all over the world. But then again, when I read it, I’m sure the person who wrote the recipe would not even want the credit.
As we start a new year, I thought I’d share this recipe with all of you. Maybe you’ve never seen this, or maybe you have, but a re-read could be beneficial for many of us. Enjoy!
1 Cup good thoughts
1 Cup consideration for others
2 Cups sacrifice for others
3 Cups forgiveness
2 Cups well-beaten faults
Mix these thoroughly and add tears of joy and sorrow and sympathy for others. Flavor with little gifts of love and kindly service. Fold in 4 Cups of prayers and faith to lighten other ingredients, and raise the texture to great heights of good living. After pouring all this into your daily life, bake well with the tear of human kindness. Serve with a smile!
As we begin a new year, I’d love for my readers to share family stories with me so that I could post them for all of us. Even if it’s just a memory, you don’t have to write it all out if you’re not crazy about writing. When the family memory pops into your mind, write it down on a piece of paper. Think about it for a few days for any details, and then send me the gist of it. I might ask a few questions, then I’ll write your family memory into a story for all of us to enjoy!
Let’s share our family stories with one another. Let’s pass them down to the next generation.