I am going to take a break from my Proverbs 31 Study to post a quick blog sharing something I learned last night.
My family, like millions of other of families, watched the Super Bowl last night. We watch every year, even though our favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, have not made an appearance in far too long. We do not go over board. Occasionally we will go to a small Super Bowl party, but most years we just stay home and watch it as a family. That's what we did last night.
The kids get excited because I try to do special "super bowl" food. Again, nothing over the top, but finger foods served buffet style. Last night I made ham and cheese sliders that I placed on a nice tray. I served chips and salsa, and placed them in a chip and dip tray. I also offered a couple of other chip choices which I placed in decorative glass bowls. Finally, I had some Wal-Mart iced cookies and some candy. I served these from decorative bowls also. See, nothing elaborate... However ...
When Jason went to fix his plate, he commented how nice my display looked. I said thank you, but didn't think much about it. Then, when he went back for something else, he commented on it again. That made me stop and think.
First, I realized that Jason truly appreciated the effort I put into the presentation of the food. Why shouldn't he? After all, we know that men are visual. Men are attracted to things that look nice. That is why we try to look our best so that we can be attractive to our man.
Second, I realized that when we have company I get out my best dishes, and try to make a nice presentation. However, when it is just my family, I often don't put that much effort into it. On a normal night, if we were having the same menu, I would have left the sliders in the pan they were cooked in, and the chips, dip, cookies and candy would have been left in the containers they were bought in.
Finally, I was ashamed at the realization that I would do more for others than I would for my family. I love my family. Why wouldn't I give THEM my best?
Now, I am not saying that I will never serve chips out of the bag again... I am saying that I am going to make a greater effort at going the "extra mile" for my family. They were pleased with my efforts last night, and I loved the appreciation and adoration it afforded me. My team may not have won the Super Bowl, but I was definitely a winner!
Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” Proverbs 31:28-29
I got the recipe for the Ham and cheese sliders from Women Living Well... here is the site http://womenlivingwell.org/2012/02/super-bowl-party-ham-cheese-sliders/
They were wonderful, check them out.