Summer Vacation is almost over. I reflect on things as I sit and eat my Peach pie off my “good dishes”.
I once heard a story of a christian woman’s prized dish set, a gift, sat in the china cabinet untouched her whole life. She never brought it out for company, it might break. Kids certainly couldn’t touch it was too nice. She died never once using them. When she got to the gates St. Peter asks her why she never once ate off them. “ Well, no occasion ever seemed fancy enough or worth it.” St. Peter sighs and responded “Eating dinner with the Lord is not worth it?”
I always remembered that story – and I remember the day I posted a photo on a popular social media site of my then kindergardener drinking tea from the set of “good” dishes my family had passed onto me before they made a move overseas. The dish set in question once belonged to my grandmother as her wedding gift. She had divorced never using the plates and passed it onto my parents who passed it onto me.
There were several comments on the post including some from my family members questioning my judgment. But there was also one from my grandmother – the original owner – stating “ Good for you, I am so glad to see they are finally being used.”
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.1 Peter 4:10
If you live your life waiting for the perfect occasion to dust off the gifts God gave you to share with others – no event will ever live up to that standard. It will be no better then clutter that takes up space. Conversely- if you use your gifts for God, like the good dishes, it may cause a stir, as it breaks the tradition of “normal”.
Life is too short- use the good dishes- And eat your PIE!
Peaches and Cream Pie. – Orig. found on back of condensed milk label.
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
Arrange peaches in pie shell.
Whisk together eggs and sweetened condensed milk. Pour over peaches.
Bake in preheated oven 40 – 45 minutes or until lightly golden and set. Cool on wire cooling rack. Serve at room temperature or chilled.