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The Shortcut Syndrome


angelfood cake

Shortcuts rarely give
The results we so desire
Often disastrous

Disaster Unaware

I didn’t realize when I put the angelfood cake batter in the angelfood cake pan that I had taken a shortcut. But, I guess not fully reading the instructions is a shortcut to getting the batter made and the cake put into the oven.

If you live at the 5,000 ft. level and the fine print on the box says “high altitude instructions,” you should probably take time to read them. Otherwise, look at what happened… it overflowed the pan and the top became way too crusty. Do you think it still is salvageable?

Bible Lesson on Shortcuts

Interestingly, my Bible Study lesson from In Touch Ministries yesterday morning dealt with this very subject!!

Devo- shortcutting

You’d think I’d learn, wouldn’t you? Impatience … rushing to get things done… multi-tasking … all are part of that “Shortcut Syndrome.” Not a good idea!

Read the Fine Print

The fine print below the ordinary cake instructions told me that people who are at 3500 to 6500 ft. need to add 1/3 cup of cornstarch into the dry cake mix. And it told me to beat the batter 3 minutes instead of only 1 minute on medium. Uh, I think that would have made a big difference. Ya think?

The lesson for Abram and Sarai had some fine print, too. “You are going to have a son,” was the bold print message. The fine print said, “But, hey you 80 year old bare woman, you gotta wait another ten years!” (or was she 89 waiting for her 99th year?) Whatever it was… it was wierd! And for good reason, the couple became impatient.

Disastrous Results

Taking things into our own hands, rushing God’s perfect timing, skipping the whispers and the fine print… those all result in disastrous outcomes.

But you’ve never been guilty of that, have you?


Read the fine print!
brown book page
See ya tomorrow.

Comments on: "The Shortcut Syndrome" (9)

  1. Elaina Colby said:

    I would definitely still eat it! And, I lived in Denver for almost 4 years and never altered any recipes and never had an explosion of cake batter! I find that very interesting that you were instructed to alter the recipe so much. I hope you were able to salvage it. Looks good to me!

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  2. Haven’t we all been guilty of that at one point or another?!šŸ˜„


  3. Love that quote “But when we refuse to be patient, our only option is to step out of his plan.” Good stuff!


  4. Zael Sealing said:

    Great post, both spiritually and practically–when I saw your photo it reminded me of when I was first married…I wanted to make my husband his favorite cake for his b’day, angel food. I don’t know why I thought it a good idea to bake it in a Bundt pan….what a mess. So I quickly ran the half block down the street to buy another cake mix–and put it in the proper angel food cake pan to bake. It was fine, he never knew! Sadly, I stepped out of God’s plan when I rushed into marrying this guy…I had to leave a week before our 3rd anniversary, broken and divorced. And I’ve repented at painful leisure. I never realized that the older I got, the more regrets I’d have. But that doesn’t mean God loves me less–HE IS ALWAYS GOOD, THAT’S WHO HE IS ā¤ Blessings to you and your family, Jan šŸ™‚ ā¤

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  5. Thanks Jan. With God’s help, I will remember to read the fine print (but I better have my bifocals on as well). As for the cake, just cut off the top and see what’s left. Did you salvage it?

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