Have you ever received a chain letter? I did many times as a teenager. Then several years later, I started to receive chain 'emails'. One such chain email I got back in 2007 was a recipe exchange where you had to send a recipe to the person whose name was first on a list and then forward something else on to twenty friends and then in the end (if everyone participated) you should receive 36 new recipes in your inbox.+
Well usually I don't get involved in these sorts of things but for some reason, for this one, I did send an email with a recipe and then forwarded the other part on etc etc.
Wanna know how many recipes I got back? Two! One was a recipe for a steak and mushroom casserole and the other one was entitled 'Recipe Fit For A King' which intrigued me a bit.
And then these instructions followed:
First plant 5 rows of peas:
Presence, Purity, Preparation, Prayer and Perseverance.
Next to these, plant 3 rows of Squash:
Squash Gossip, Squash Criticism, Squash Indifference.
Then plant 5 rows of Lettuce:
Let us be faithful . Let us be thoughtful and unselfish. Let us be true to our obligations. Let us have minds ready to learn. Let us love one another.
Sow in some peace .
Take all the above ingredients and carefully fold them together allowing them to permeate into your life.
Well that wasn't what I was expecting to get but you know what, I think it was actually more useful than the casserole recipe and so I saved it... and I've thought about it many times over the past four years.
Now, as I reflect upon it again it reminds me of the amazing house parents that we have at ZOE.
I often wonder how they work as a team to keep the likes of 60 children of various ages developing characteristics such as contentment, gratefulness, self control, obedience, trustworthiness, honesty... (and so on).
And as I thought about it... and googled it... I came across this. A recipe for a happy home.
If you have some more food for thought...
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