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The Time For New Beginnings

In my last post of 2020 I wrote: "Suggested Activity: Make a list of three things you’ve always wanted to do or would be interested in finding out more about. After you’ve jotted them down, think of four steps you can list under each that would get you started on those activities."

One of my three things was a relatively new interest - something I had never engaged in much before: learning to cook! Growing up, my mother gave me the option of doing outside after-school chores or helping cook dinner. That was a no-brainer! I was outside asap feeding the animals and doing whatever else that needed to be done. It wasn't that I didn't like to eat. I just didn't like to spend a lot of time preparing it all!

After I began to bake goodies for elderly friends in a retirement home last spring, I became interested in how people put various ingredients together and somehow turned something delicious out of the oven. That, along with the Cooking Channel on TV, encouraged me that I could learn some basics.

This month I have looked through a LOT of recipes. And, slowly but surely, I have acquired a few cooking skills. Granted, last night's dinner was an epoch fail. Apparently pre-made chicken cutlets aren't supposed to get crunchy around the edges. I have aced the omelet and cranberry sauce departments, however, so I foresee the possibilities of a bright cooking future somewhere on the horizon.

So, what have you worked on this first month of the new year? News reports tell us that people across the country are filled with angst and uncertainty about Covid, politics, our culture and our nation's future. Much of that is nothing kids can do anything about. But you can control your interests and activities. You can contribute to your household and enrich your school time on purpose.

I urge you to invest time in a valuable life skill like cooking - a favorite "niece" (!11) and "nephew" (13) are doing exactly that. Their parents appreciate it! You could also opt to learn a vocational skill such as web development or photography, for example. Remember that how-to videos for professional results are abundant online. Or, your local library would have a wide range of options to choose from.

The point is to use this Covid down-time to your advantage. Do everything you can do to take control and make it work FOR you. If you do, you'll come out of it more skilled and more knowledgeable - and happier. I think you'll be glad you did.

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Scripture of the week: Zechariah 4:10, "Do not despise small beginnings, for the Lord loves to see the work begin . . ."


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