And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
Every once in a while, well a lot, God reminds me not to take myself too seriously. Today He gave me this post. I started to continue with Isaiah 53 and get all heavy and sad and introspective, but then God switched things up on me because last night I had this dream. Anyone who knows me knows I have very strange dreams. Anyone close to me gets to hear the details sometimes, and sometimes, like today you readers. All 2 or 10 or maybe 20 of you.
Sometimes I dream about funny little cars with no bottoms, like the Flintstones drove. Other times it is my teeth falling out. Other times it sweeping a floor or getting ready for a party that I never get to. Many times water will be rushing through my house, other times I will be climbing ladders and dark, steep passageways.
Last night it was pancakes. To those who know about the semi-conductor industry or wafer fabrication industry, you know that the chips in your computers start out in round wafers which come in different millimeters and sizes. When I started out in 1998, the wafers were about 6 inches in diameter. We actually had to manually move them around with vacuum wands. Now everything is fully automated and humans never touch them.
Last night my wafers turned into pancakes. I was in an area as big as a very large room with different cooking stations set up, kind of like something you’d see on Iron Chef, with and pancakes in various stages of cooking on each one. I had to remember which ones were close to being done so I could flip them.
What does this have to do with Jesus, you say? On the way to work I was thinking that in light of what Jesus did for us? What we are doing down here pretty much boils down to making pancakes. I don’t care if you’re the President of a major corporation or the President of the United States, we are all just making pancakes.
The question is not what we are doing, but how we are doing it. That is all that matters to God.
God is not impressed with what we do. He is impressed by how we are doing it and who are we doing it for, and if we are doing it with love. I guess it’s easy for me not to take myself too seriously. Everytime I call my Mom and kinda, sorta, almost complain, she tells me about someone she heard about who was orphaned and has no arms and has to do everything with their feet, and they still went to night-school and raised 5 kids while doing it.
That may be a slight exaggeration, but you get the point.
So today, in light of the tremendous sacrifice Jesus made for us? That whatever we do, wherever we go, whatever we think looks insurmountable or really impressive?
It all comes down to making pancakes to the glory of God. (Latkes in Yiddish and Levivot in Hebrew)
I pray that you will forgive my lighthearted approach leading up to Good Friday. It is a day that I always take extremely seriously. I will doing some reflecting over the next couple of days, as I always do. But always, with the backdrop of the joy of the celebration foremost in my mind.
May God light your path today and lift your heart as we celebrate His death, burial and more importantly His resurrection this week.
Photo credit: my niece Lauryn Cook taken by her Dad. I used it because it always makes me smile.
8 thoughts on “Making Pancakes for Jesus”
I try to remember to do it all as if for God when I’m washing the dishes, especially the ones with sticky pancake syrup on them.
Lisa, yea…I hate when the syrup gets all over the bottle. My niece was once dumbfounded when she saw my Mom wash the syrup bottle in the sink. Her Mom would have never thought to do that. Thank you so much for your comment! Lori
Your mom and my mom – perhaps all moms! – have something in common w/ their ability to give perspective and inflict guilt simultaneously! I enjoyed your post, particularly the mini-lesson about how computer chips are and were created. I mentioned on another blog earlier today that once I stopped identifying myself with the label/title of whatever job I was performing, my life began to change and open up to provide a platform for my greatest love – writing. And in the process of writing, I feel that I give voice to my joy, my appreciation of the world, the love that exists within me. All of this, I feel, is a reflection of the love that God/Universe/Spirit holds for me. I just have to remember, occasionally, to stop getting in my own way and allow that energy to flow. 🙂
Yes, Dawn and thank you for the wonderful comments! It is so tempting to identify ourselves with what we do for a living, where we went to school, who we’re married to (or not) but Jesus is a wonderful example of setting aside His title and Godhood to do just that. And live a life that exemplified love, pure and simple. As my friend always says, “We junk it up.” Blessings! Lori
Lori-so many times I find myself getting teary-eyed when I read your posts. Seems I needed to read just what you wrote that particular day, or something struck my heart just the way God wanted it to. Been thinkin’ a lot about LOVE, so doing whatever we are doing with LOVE meant so much.
Have a wonderful Easter….
Thank you Debra……so much. Happy Resurrection weekend and a blessed Easter dear!
I agree. It’s all in how you do it. Took me a long time to figure that out!
I am still trying to figure it out! LOL