“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” - J.R.R. Tolkien
I love preparing food and gathering to eat. Usually, when I am cooking I will turn on some music and just enjoy being in the kitchen. Sometimes, my husband will come sit at the bar and we will have some great conversations. For me, preparing a meal to feed and nourish my family is relaxing. ( I am possibly a weirdo and I fully embrace that😉) I truly value good food. I like for my atmosphere to stay uplifting. I like any reason to celebrate.
It wasn’t always that way for me though. I have been through seasons where the joy and pleasure of preparing meals was absent. It seemed like something else that I had to get done. It was in those seasons that my life was out of balance in some way; my priorities were usually a little skewed.
I think our culture has taken some of these things for granted. We have gotten so caught up in chasing the dollar, that we don’t slow down enough to really even value the simple things. I know I have been there. I resented the simple tasks and didn’t know how to find joy in them.
Sometimes, instead of taking the time to prepare a meal we sit scrolling through social media comparing our lives to others. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t cook every night. Sometimes a Taco Bell run is needed and that is ok. But, one thing I have realized is there is a whole lot of people that don’t even know how to prepare a meal.
I think convenience is great, but some people have no idea how fresh and amazing salad that doesn’t come from a bag is.
I know in today’s world there are already enough demands on us. I certainly don’t want to cause any guilt in your life. But, I would love to challenge you to think about your world. Does It feel merry? Do you celebrate life?
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13- “I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the good life. 13 It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts.”
Are you coming together with your family to eat and enjoy all of your efforts? Working is good, helping others is good, serving is good, careers are good. But, stopping to enjoy your efforts is good too.
So, maybe one night this week plan to prepare a meal. Turn on some good music and appreciate the process of making great food. If you can read, you can cook. Find a simple recipe if you are starting out and follow it. Be sure you read the whole thing before you get started.
Place some value on great food, a good song and a whole lot of cheer. I think J.R.R. Tolkien had some things figured out.