This story is used with permission, but the person didn't want credit. (Boldface or italics are my own additions for clarity or emphasis.)
When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then.
And I remember one night in particular, when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.
On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!
Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school.
I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly, burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing...never made a face nor uttered a word about it!
When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits.
And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."
Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night, and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned.
He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your momma put in a hard day at work today, and she's really tired. And besides, a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!"
As I've grown older, I've thought about that many times.
Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people.
I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and even anniversaries just like everyone else.
But what I've learned over the years is that accepting each other's faults—and choosing to celebrate each other's differences—is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.
And that's my prayer for you today: that you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God.
Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!
We could extend this to any relationship; in fact, understanding is the base of any good relationship, be it husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!
"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket. Keep it in your own."
So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine. And please pass this along to someone who has enriched your life.
Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.