>Lumpy Batter


Accepting Grace
Good muffins come from lumpy batter. As a beginning baker, I struggled with this truth. I wanted to mix the flour, the sugar, the eggs, the milk–everything–until the batter was silken and beautiful.
But perfect batter makes for crummy muffins. Instead, I had to learn to stir everything together just until all the ingredients were mixed and moistened, but still full of lumps. Overmixing toughens muffins.
Muffin batter is a good life lesson.
Sometimes I think we toughen ourselves by overmixing–expecting perfection even in cases where an adequate job is good enough.
As a young woman I nearly burned a turkey once because I was busy setting an exquisite holiday table. I’m pretty sure my family came that day to share time and a good meal, not to be impressed by my elaborate tablescape.
I remind myself to focus my efforts on those tasks and circumstances that call for my very best….and to let go of the rest when it’s good enough.
I’m learning to accept God’s grace. It calls for daily practice, but I’m learning.
9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time—to show us His grace through Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:9 (NLT)