Bobby and Bonnie Bunny desperately need your help to give a message of love, hope and forgiveness
to hurting kids.
A few decades ago, Grandma started jazzing banana pudding up a bit. With a tub of Cool Whip mixed in the pudding, a little layering, and viola!, a new twist on an old favorite. This bastion of sweetness came with us when our family moved "up north".
A year or so ago, James discovered a recipe that cranks banana puddin' up a little more. Not sure what the new magic ingredient is, thinking it might be cream cheese. Good thing the milk products and fresh bananas still make this yummy dessert a healthy one. (Shhh, don't tell Tom, but it also makes a tasty breakfast or lunch.)
So, here we were, holding on to the southern foods we'd grown up with and enjoyed, and trying to expand our palates.
One of the first new foods we were introduced to was tacos, seemingly a huge favorite now and then. Well, not for me. First of all, they're messy. Not a big fan of getting my hands messy anytime, even at the dinner table. Secondly, for someone who grew up eating three different kinds of corn bread, I'm not keen on any kind of corn chips.
When Mary was two, some friends of ours invited us to go to their favorite Mexican restaurant. At that time, to me, Mexican meant tacos. For once, Tom was the adventurous one, so we were introduced to Don Chilito's (restaurant) . . . and burritos.
I've gotta tell you, it was love at first bite! Meat and bean burrito with chili and melted grated cheese, yuummmyyyy! Thirty plus years later we're still going to Don Chilito's, and we figured out how to make burritos at home (use cheap canned chili, not the good homemade kind).
It may not seem like a big thing, but that was one of my first steps outside my comfort zone. (Maybe I'll tell you about my first trip to eat Chinese sometime.) Launching a fund raiser is definitely out of my comfort zone, but when I look at the big picture of reaching out to hurting kids, it's well work a little discomfort.
Stepping up, stepping out, may not always work out well, but how else can we learn about and enjoy new things? What does getting outside your comfort zone look or sound like? What's that next step you've been thinking about, the new experience waiting for you?
2-4 For instance, a person who has been around for a while might well be convinced that he can eat anything on the table, while another, with a different background, might assume he should only be a vegetarian and eat accordingly. But since both are guests at Christ’s table, wouldn’t it be terribly rude if they fell to criticizing what the other ate or didn’t eat? God, after all, invited them both to the table. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help.