Thursday, March 10, 2011

An Environment for Personal Growth

For years and years, I've tried to bake with yeast.  I'm rarely successful in getting my dough to rise like I want.  But today, I try again.  This time: pizza dough for homemade calzones.

I read a specific detail from this new recipe that explains my failure.  This new recipe insists that I add the yeast and make sure the dough rests in a 70 degree kitchen.

That's what all the other recipes meant by "warm place!"  That's the simple explanation for my failed efforts!   My winter kitchen isn't always that warm (sometimes it's actually cold), so I put my bowl on a kitchen chair right by the heater (set at 70 degrees).

We check on our dough after an hour.  It fills the bowl--abundant, glorious, fluffy!   My first successful rising! 

It keeps on growing.  Tonight, we'll feast.

When I think about my own failed attempts at growth in various areas of my life, I have to remember the role that my environment plays.  If I'm in an environment that prevents my maturing, maybe I need to change something in order to create the kind of conditions that foster growth.

I like asking myself that question today:  What do I need in my environment to spur me on to become the person God wants me to be?  What do I need to purge?  What do I need to add?   I just asked my daughter the same question.  We have so much to talk about! 

Journal:  What needs to change so I can grow?


Kwun and Courtney said...

I simply LOVE your blog! So smart. So insightful. You are definitely doing something GOOD here! Thanks so much for sharing your gifts with the general public! :)

--Courtney Snyder

dianne said...

So good, so true. Our church talks a lot about environments - learning and serving in particular - people are responsible for their own growth but we can work on creating environments where good things happen.

Oh and if you want a "can't-fail" yeast recipe, try Alton Brown's soft pretzel recipe. I make them about once a week and I do something wrong every time, and this dough is so forgiving!