I could cop-out and simply cut and paste a blog post from my old Xanga site where I did a "how to" make chocolate cookies. But that would not be fair to the other writers in the group. But if you want proof that I am not always so serious, click here to read the "how not to" guide to baking.
I also remembered once upon a time reading about individual ingredients of chocolate chip cookies in a teamwork analogy, which could easily be adapted to talk about spiritual gifts and the church. Then I remembered where I read it ... from another blogger in the group. Since I don't want to steal the other writer's post, I'm leaving that one alone ... so that's out.
Thinking about something as simple as chocolate chip cookies brings to my mind a sense of being at home. I remember the tell-tale aroma of the cookies coming from the kitchen as mom brought them out of the oven, warning us not to touch them, that they were for dessert. After they cooled off but were still gooey we'd often try to sneak one to "test" it to be sure it was of its usual outstanding quality.
Chocolate chip cookies were instrumental in helping us to bond with our friends and develop social skills. I can't think of the number of times that I'd be with a group of friends at home with a fresh batch of cookies, talking about whatever our lives entailed at the time (usually boys). Even if there were some discord among us, a fresh batch of cookies and some milk worked untold wonders in restoring the equlibrium.
Yes, the more I think of it, the more I am convinced that every man, woman and child should experience fresh-baked homemade chocolate chip cookies.
(Now I know the real reason my kitchen has an oven!)