SCONES AND SUCCESS
I had my first blueberry scone several years ago and loved it. I’m cautious about eating pastries, or even keeping them in the house, because my husband watches his carbs and I watch my weight. However, when I found a recipe for blueberry scones in the newspaper, I decided to make some.
I enjoy baking, and I’ve read that baking relieves stress.
Intending to buy the extra ingredients I needed, I forgot to add them to my grocery list even though I laid the scone recipe on the counter in plain sight. I ended up using two recipes and tweaking the ingredients a bit.
I’m not a confident cook, so when I try something new, I’m nervous about the outcome.
Scones evidently originated in Scotland, and today they are often served at British teas. There are many recipes for scones. Perhaps you have a favorite.
Success! My scones look almost normal and are edible, not perfect but good. They wouldn’t win a prize in a baking contest, but if you join me for tea, I’d serve them to you.
How do you gauge success?
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8
God Himself told Joshua that success would come from meditating on and following God’s Word.
In John 15: 5-8 Jesus said that the evidence for being His disciple is abiding in His words, living a life of obedience. Keeping His commandments yields answered prayer and a life that glorifies God.
As an author, I measure success not only by a published book, but by how my words reflect God’s truth and reveal that truth to the reader.
Like my scones, my life isn’t perfect. I still sin and make mistakes. As I read and meditate on God’s Word and obey it, His Holy Spirit will help me to sin less and be more like Jesus Christ.
Each time I make scones, the product should improve as I learn to combine the right ingredients in the right way or a find a better recipe.
How do you define success?
(Author of Contemporary Christian Romance)
(coming July 2022)