Switching Roles

Last June, when I decided it was time to leave my previous youth ministry position, my wife and I both touched up our resumes and sent them out to a few places.  Since we had kids, my wife had been a stay-at-home mom and I had worked as a youth pastor.  By profession, my wife is a speech pathologist.  She had stayed current in the field by taking several small part time roles over the years.  We knew that in order for me to take another position in youth ministry, it was going to have to be a perfect fit.   So we had a hunch that we would be switching roles.  And as it turned out, that is what happened last August.

As I prepared for my upcoming role as a stay-at-home dad, I was most worried about cooking.  I wanted to take a large role in the cooking so that when my wife got home from work she could play with the kids.  Only problem was… I had hardly ever cooked.  However, I am always up for a challenge and I love learning new things.  So when September 1 arrived, I dove right in.  At first, it was a bit rough going, but I gradually started to pick things up.  I still have a long ways to go, but I am unbelievably more comfortable in the kitchen now than I was just 8 months ago.  Necessity is a great motivator!

I was thinking about this whole transition when we got home from church today.  My wife had wanted to go for a walk, and when I checked the radar it was obvious that rain was about 45 minutes away.  I told her I would take care of lunch so she and the kids could go for a walk.  As I started cleaning up and getting ready to cook lunch, I was really enjoying myself.   That is when it really hit me.  Just  a year ago, I didn’t want to step foot in the kitchen unless I was getting ready to grill or cook pancakes.  Now I actually enjoy cooking and I am looking forward to learning more.

Oh… and feel free to leave a comment if you have a great recipe for me to try!