Convenience foods get a bad rap…with good reason. They aren’t the healthiest thing on the planet, and if ever they do appear in your freezer or pantry, you can be certain it is only because you have hit rock bottom as a mother. Chicken nuggets, frozen pizza, breakfast sandwiches and all their unsavory relatives serve up a dose of guilt to otherwise good moms who find themselves in dire circumstances.
But, what if chicken nuggets actually made me a good mom?
No, I’m not kidding, and I’m not here to pick a food fight.
What if I read another book to my kids because I served chicken nuggets? What if I took my toddler on a walk because I served frozen pizza? What if I played peek-a-boo or jumped on the trampoline or played one more game of tag because I could pop something quick and easy in the oven, or *gasp* – the microwave?
Certainly, we are to nourish our bodies and our children’s bodies, and certainly, cooking healthy meals is a great way to show our families we love them, but what if we gave ourselves some grace and in turn gave our families some time?
And what if we needed a bit of time? What if in order to get our mothering back on track we needed to drop a ball or two for a while? What if one of those balls we drop happens to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen?
It doesn’t have to be chicken nuggets. In fact, it can be healthy foods that are quick to serve. It can be cheese and crackers and fruit. It can be leftovers. It can be easy breakfasts, easy lunches, and popcorn for supper.
And yes, it can be chicken nuggets.
I’m not an advocate for doing things half-heartedly, but I am an advocate for doing what is right in the Lord’s eyes. Therefore, WHAT I serve at the dinner table isn’t nearly as important as HOW I serve it.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”
What if we were destitute and I couldn’t possibly serve something organic or sprouted or whole wheat? Would I cease to be a good mom? Of course not! But, whether I feed my family meager rations or the finest grass-fed beef and organic veggies, if I serve with a spirit of discontent and a harsh demeanor, I haven’t served them at all.
So, today I will serve my family a healthy portion of joy and contentment…possibly accompanied by a few chicken nuggets.