What do you bring to the Table?
After celebrating Thanksgiving Day with family and friends and as we prepare to celebrate the birth of God’s one and only begotten son – Jesus on Christmas Day I must ask “What do you bring to the table”.
I’m not just talking about bringing a huge appetite. I’m not even talking about the kitchen or dinner table either.
I’m referring to the table of life.
Are you the life of the party, a barrel of laughs, and the fun guy everyone wants to be around? Or maybe you’re the kill joy, the depressed one, or the guy who pours water on someone else’s fire? When you enter the room do people flock through the door trying to get out?
What is your conversation starter? Do you ask about how the other person is doing, ask about their family or mutual friends or do you talk about yourself and ramble on and on and on?
This might be something to ponder?
Some people have a knack for digging deep inside another person’s life without seeming to invade or become offensive. I’ve witnessed it firsthand with no paper or pencil, no voice recorder or stenographer taking short hand, or no Seri listening in taking notes.
I have difficulty remembering short conversations; let alone what I ate for breakfast.
The bible tells us that God is no respecter of persons, He loves each of us the same, just as we are.
How in the world can we do that? In an imperfect world, so full of hate, backbiting and division can we really praise God and curse His creation with the same mouth?
9 So then, this is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
10 Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one. b’
14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive yours.
This Christmas season let us reflect upon what God has provided for us – a living breathing body, air to breathe, food to eat, shelter from the storms of life, and a hope for a better tomorrow and the assurance that we can spend eternity in the presence of the Almighty – should we choose.
12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
I ask “what do you bring to the table” – A willing heart, a grateful spirit, a longing to rest in the arms of the Almighty.
Merry Christmas 2022 – RTM