Several weeks ago while pumping gas I noticed a lady parked over to the side with a little table selling cakes and other goodies. Thinking it may have been a church or charity bake sell I walked over to check it out.
Turns out the woman was in it for herself; she had lost her job and couldn’t find employment but enjoyed baking. She decided to combine her knack for baking with her aspirations to be gainfully employed. I was captivated by her winning personally and “get-up-and-go” and ended up buying one of her cakes.
She even had some business cards made up and gave me one of those. I asked her to sign it, telling her, that when she got her own cooking show on the Food Network it might be worth something. She got a good laugh out of that but didn’t deny that it was possible.
I liked her spunkiness.
Here’s the one thing for today: Christmas is a time when we are reminded of the many less fortunate around us—people who have hit upon hard times. This is no disgrace, most of us have been there in one form or the other at some time in our lives and to offer a helping hand during Christmas (and any other time) is the right thing to do.
For those who are going through one of those tough seasons the temptation is to get sucked into a black hole of despair and doom (“I’ll never get out of this.”) But that little lady in the parking lot should be an inspiration. Like her, you have a knack at something—something you’re good at and enjoy doing. Start there—it is amazing what the human spirit can achieve when motivated by desire and love.
There truly is no disgrace in being a charity case; but don’t allow that to stop you from becoming a case of charity finding a way to dig out. Believe in yourself–for when you do you’re just agreeing with your Creator who made you with wonderful gifts and abilities.
The bible teaches you to “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
God’s given you a knack for something and He did so for a purpose. Identify those “knacks” He’s given you and follow the path he’s laid out for you—even if it takes you to a gas station to set up a bake sale stand.
And by the way, the cake was absolutely delicious (through I did fervently pray over it before popping it into my mouth).
I’m keeping an eye on the Food Network for that lady.
- Holiday Baking Tips for the Baking Novice (redenvelope.com)