This is part one of a three part series on serving those around you using your kitchen as a tool.
Our kitchens are important. We make meals, do homework, eat with our families and have conversations in this room. When we have company over, where does the group usually congregate? In the kitchen. We enjoy this room as a room of fellowship and function. Our kitchens can also be used to help us serve others. In part one in this series, I am going to highlight Loving Through Service.
So many times we ask ourselves, how can we serve others. I think we try to come up with complex answers when in reality, simple solutions are best. When someone is in need, they usually just want the act of caring more than the actual gift. Whether you are serving your family or someone else, showing you are thinking of them is the greatest act of service you can give.
Outside Your Home
Do you have THAT neighbor? The one who never waves hello or frowns when your children play a little to loudly outside. Kindness goes a long way in a hardened heart. Do you know how easy it is to double a casserole? Taking a meal over to that neighbor might be the first step in a wave hello. Using our kitchens to help others whether it is a mom who just had a baby or giving a meal to someone who is sick, shows kindness.
When my husband and started attending our church, I was 5 months pregnant with our first child. We weren't regular attenders and we only attended one service a week. However, in an act of love and caring, not only did those wonderful ladies throw a baby shower for me, they set up three meals for us after Ryan was born. We didn't even know their names. We just had food on our doorstep. To be truthful, that is when we realized how special and caring our church family was. We are still at that church and I am now in charge of the food ministry. I see first hand how special it is to help someone in need.
Inside Your Home
Showing love to your family through your kitchen may seem like an obvious topic. Do you really realize HOW important your service to your family is? While standing in the kitchen over a hot stove, you are providing a meal. While washing the bottomless pit of dishes, you are providing safe eating utensils. While sitting at the counter listening to your 12 year old tell you the latest fact in his fact book (ahem) you are providing attention. All of those repetitive acts are acts of love. Tonight, I had my husband tell me 4 times how much he appreciated the meal. Before you think that happens every night, it doesn't. But he saw the effort it took and the time I put into it and thanked me. (It probably also helped I served him bacon. ;-) ) He appreciated my service. I appreciated his words.
Inside Your Marriage
In truth, I love serving my husband. I love making him happy and helping him in anyway I can. Now of course, it isn't all peaches and roses. There are nights I am tired and cranky or extremely busy. He understands the pizza ordered in or the oatmeal for supper. I try my best to serve him with a meal he likes and provide a clean kitchen. We can show love to our spouses by the little acts of service. As I have stated so many times, my husband is a meatatarian. I know he wants meat and potatoes, hold the broccoli. I do my best to serve a well rounded meal with foods we all can enjoy. I like green pepper in many dishes. He likes the flavoring, not the actual partaking. I make sure the green pepper is either small enough he doesn't know it is there or large enough he can take it out of his helping. It's the little things.
Next time you are in your kitchen, ask yourself, what can I do to help my spouse today? Is it not standing in front of the refrigerator while it is open? Maybe your spouse likes the counters completely clear of clutter. Whatever you come up with, try it. Serve your spouse with love.
Next Wednesday, I will have part two of this series called: Teaching Through Serving: Using Your Kitchen As A Tool.