Working for the Lord

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Oven Fried Chicken

I am standing in my kitchen wondering what I would make Jesus for dinner.

It’s Sunday afternoon, and I don’t particularly want to be in the kitchen for hours, as I have been. But prepping several meals at a time saves time during the week … time I need when my kids are having meltdowns at 4 p.m.

I am starting to get bitter, especially when I ask my husband to watch the baby and he says he doesn’t really want to, but he will. I can see the sparks coming out of my ears. I brace myself against the counter and think my own personal mantra:


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men (Col. 3:23).

And my mind wanders, considering doing this very task for Jesus. I certainly wouldn’t make Him Chicken and Dressing casserole, which is what I’m currently composing at the counter. I did make the cream of chicken soup from scratch, but boxed cornbread stuffing? Not for my Lord.

I know many cooks have a specialty, but I don’t. I often try new recipes on guests, because I’m a little crazy. Baked Ziti is something we often take to friends who need a meal, but I’m not sure Jesus would appreciate the pork products.

Finally, I decide I would make him what my earthly father always asks my mother for: fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

I don’t really know how to make fried chicken; but for Jesus, I would learn.

I’m not sure this is what Paul meant in Colossians.

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9 thoughts on “Working for the Lord

  1. I love your blog, Jessie. I love that you are honest. I love that you let us all know that you struggle and that your life isn't perfect. It is ever so endearing. Your family is so blessed to have you 🙂

  2. This post made me want to laugh and cry with you at the same time. Thank you for sharing so much of your genuine self. Now I need to figure out what I would serve Jesus if he came to visit.

  3. I'm sure as long as it was made with love He'd eat whatever and like it. And not the thru gritted teeth "you'll eat it and like it!" either 😛

  4. Thanks for the honesty. Last night I had one of those moments with my husband and it is nice to hear others have them too.

  5. Boy, I get this post! Just the other night I was standing at the sink surrounded by so many dishes (Where did they come from? Didn't I just do them this morning?!!) and I was feeling overwhelmed, tired, and unappreciated. As I filled the sink with water I just kept telling myself, "You're doing this for the Lord" over and over. It really helped me to shift my focus from the pity party that was starting and from the bitterness that was forming because my family doesn't always notice or mention my hard work. Thanks for showing me that I'm not the only who feels this way sometimes!

  6. "especially when I ask my husband to watch the baby and he says he doesn't really want to, but he will."
    I have been in that EXACT spot.
    Sadly, I didn't always respond like I should have done!
    It gets better, and really, I think Jesus would LOVE anything you made for Him, just because you spent the time and the love to do it!

  7. I feel your pain. Not with the food preparations, since my husband does that, but in so many other things.

    I think Jesus would love to eat whatever you made for him – as long as you did it with a thankful heart. 🙂

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