I am very blessed in the fact that all four of my grandparents were still alive until I was in my 30s. It wasn't until last year that I experienced the loss of my grandfather - "Gran," as we called him. Before he passed away, and trying to glean some wisdom, I sent he and my other grandfather a list of questions I wanted them to answer for me. These questions ranged from parenting questions, financial questions, to just general questions about life. One of the questions I asked both of them was, "What do you wish you would have done more?"
At this point you're probably wondering what in the world this story has to do with grilling? Well, here you go... It was obvious that Gran had contemplated each question with precision and had well-crafted answers for each and every one. I wasn't surprised by many of the answers until this response: When I asked him, "Gran, what do you wish you would have done more?" He said, "I wish I would have grilled more." I'm sure he could hear that I was caught off guard when I asked, "Why?" He went on to tell me how he loved it when the yard and house was full of people gathered to eat something from the grill. He painted vivid pictures of the men standing outside around the grill while the meat was on, the women inside chatting (more than likely talking about how long it was taking the men to finish cooking), and the children running around laughing and playing.
Since then, I've tried to practice many of the things Gran imparted to me. But none of them has stuck with me as much as those two words: Grill More.
Labor Day weekend, approximately 102 million people fired up their grill according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. Why not do it again this weekend? Here's three really simple reasons why I think we all should grill more:
1. It Helps Create Community
While not true for everyone, many people won't go to the trouble of firing up the grill without a crowd. As a pastor, one of the biggest things I hear is people longing for community. If that's you, invite some friends over, tell them the food is coming off the grill, they'll more than likely come. Once they're there, enjoy the time it takes to prepare the food. Gather around the grill and let the kids play. You'll be surprised at the camaraderie that happens when waiting on the food.
2. It Gets You Outside
Like it or not, being outside is good for you. Just Google "benefits of being outside" and see the long list of benefits of being outside. It's not just an opinion, according to Health.com, scientific facts are now proving the health benefits of getting outside.
3. Grilled Food is Good Food
I don't know about you, but when I fire up my Big Green Egg, I'm not worried about calories, cholesterol, or fat. Don't worry, I'm sure the health benefits of being outside offsets the butter and bbq sauce that comes along with good grilling. The bottom line is, grilled food is good food.
So take mine and Gran's advice and don't wait for another holiday to fire up your grill. Grill More!