I have been wrestling recently with a desire to be uniquely valuable. I only want to be part of a team, if there’s something I can offer. I want to make sure the things that I’m doing offer more value than any random animal or person could offer. And I’m sure I’m not alone in this. While I think it comes from a good place of wanting to recognize my own uniqueness and how to utilize that best, I think I can also get caught in the pride of only wanting to do something where I am uniquely valuable. The problem there, is at some point, it becomes all about me. Now, I am an only child and grew up with a lot of my world being all about me, and really, let’s face it, as humans, generally we do see the world that way, but I don’t think that’s really how we were designed. In fact, what I’ve come to appreciate is that it actually has very little to do with what I can bring to the table and much more with what God is going to do. I get to participate in something great He is doing, and He gives me the opportunities, the circumstances, the gifts to witness and marvel.
So how does this pondering relate to this blog or to food?
Well, mostly it helps explain a long absence. See, I started writing about a certain subject or food or recipe and then I would go off reading other blogs. There’s plenty out there to enjoy. And honestly, food blogs are a dime a dozen. But the great ones are fun. The writers are captivating, the photography is inspiring and the food, is well, reliable, predictable and delectable. So I could write a fun post, but then I got caught in the pattern of comparing myself to others. I’ve worked hard to challenge my 5 year old to stop doing this, but to just try to be her best, improving on yesterday or the time before.
So what is my unique value? What about yours? What makes us unique is that we are who God created us uniquely to be. We are where God intended us to be and we have opportunities with neighbors, friends and family to grow, to teach and to serve. So this fall, when I wrestled with the large questions of what made me uniquely valuable, I came to the conclusion that first and foremost, I am a daughter of God, then my husband’s wife and my children’s mother…everything else comes into place when I set things in order.
And as it relates to food, cooking and this blog in particular? I know there are dozens of blogs out there, some with better features, but mine is this one. My unique value is my friends, this circle, that I get to cook for. My unique value is the creative ideas to tinker with a recipe. And for me, this blog offers and outlet for me, a resource of recipes and a chance to share with close friends and those afar, some of the dishes I love most.
I hope you’ll take a chance to consider your unique value. Who did God create you to be? Where is your identity? Love that, own that. And then come back and enjoy a favorite recipe. To tempt you, I’m on a bread baking mission, so this week, I’ll highlight some of my favorite homemade breads. Hope you’ll come back.