Overcoming laziness and incompetence in Krishna's service

Hare Krishna,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I had a question. When you develop deep love for Krishna, everything that is done in His service becomes pleasurable. But what about a person like me who is still struggling to be a devotee. I chant everyday and I like reading Srila Prabhupada's books, but the problem is when I start to cook. I am lazy and not a very good cook. The result is not something which I would want to offer to Krishna. I have been cooking for four years now at home and still have not got the hang of it. It is my duty and I try to do it well. No matter how hard I try,and offer it to the Lord, I do not have the feeling that Krishna might enjoy it. Thus, every time I have to cook I have this dreaded feeling that I am betraying the Lord and probably myself. Please help.

Thank You

Preparing food for Krishna

This rings very true for me too. What helps me is remembering that it is God seasoning the food. It is God that gave you the food and it is God that gives you the idea that "you" are cooking the food. So while you are cooking, turn inward, and meditate on Him. Then, when you offer the prasad, know that you are simply fulfilling God's duty here on Earth. Your enjoyment of it is secondary, and Krishna does not need "good-tasting" food. Your perception of it is up to Him. I liked the banana peel story. We have the good luck as humans that Krishna can choose to make our food holy so that we can eat without sin. Celebrate that!

Haribol. PAMHO I have the

Haribol. PAMHO

I have the same problem but the way I think about it is: it's better to try and have it come out imperfect than to not try because you're afraid it won't be good enough. I suspect that Krishna is more concerned about what's in your heart then the actual food. If you are putting in your best effort that's what counts. I heard a story about a devotee who was offering bananas to the Lord and he was so mezmerized by the Lord that he was peeling the bananas, throwing away the center and offering Him the peel. The Lord ate the peels and loved them because they were offered with great love. I'm sorry... I'm not doing that story justice. If I come accross it I will post the link here so you can read the whole story. But you get the gist of it. So don't be discouraged! Just keep trying your best... (Now I need to take my own advice :P)