There are many holiday traditions. When I was growing up, my mom would bake, bake and bake lots of cakes during the Christmas season. I thought the cake batter was so yummy. When I saw several sticks of butter on the counter to soften, I knew it was cake time! I would peek in the kitchen periodically to see if my mom started making the cake batter. Once I heard the mixer, I would tell her to call me when the batter was ready. Why? Because I was going to lick the mixing bowl! Without fail, my name would ring clear when my mom finished mixing the ingredients into batter and poured it into the pan. The leftovers were mine to enjoy . . . but simply, it was just the leftovers.

As I grew older, I lost interest in the batter. I decided to wait until the process was complete, the cake cooled and ready to serve. . .

Sometimes, we settle for a taste of goodness. The batter was the beginning of goodness, but the process of the cake rising took time . . . why spoil it?  I settled for the cake batter, which was part of the preparation, not even close to completion. It does not taste the same because the good ingredients did not rise to completion. Just like the batter, tasting the promises of the Lord is not the same savor in our spiritual pallets as consuming the fullness of the reward. Wait. . .wait until goodness is ready and savor the reward of the Lord. There is simply no comparison between the flavors. Did you give it a chance, or just wanted to indulge in what you wanted? Sometimes I ate too many bowls and earned a tummy ache . . . too much of something not ready is not good.