Pizza or steak?
My son’s birthday was this week and one of the joys of having him and his family living closer to us now is that we can celebrate together on such occasions. I thought I could make him a special dinner so I invited them to our house for steaks (his favorite). I also invited his in-laws. So how did I suddenly end up with a dinner party for twelve, plus two kiddos? (We ended up having pizza, by the way.)
You have to understand, that for my son, this is a typical scenario. He’s a party waiting to happen! I love that his spontaneity and enthusiasm are like a people-magnet that draws others into his life. He has a genuine care and concern for people with a passion to love God and serve Him that drives him to invest all he can into others’ lives. He’s also full of charm and has a way of talking his mama into doing—well, just about anything! Including a party I probably wouldn’t have planned and yet we had a blast—even in tight quarters—and enjoyed our company immensely!
It’s not the first time my son has squeezed space to make room in his world for more people.
While in college he lived in a small trailer and started a bible study that sometimes swelled to thirty people. Movie nights on Sundays were especially crazy there—but from everything I observed about those times when I visited him, they remain wonderful memories for all those who were involved.
It has made me ponder a few things this week—like, am I making the time, effort, and room for people in my life? Some days I am happy just to curl up in my La-Z-Boy and shut out the world. Maybe you feel like that, too. Our lives are filled with things like work and family, church and ministries, and the busyness of everyday life—but our relationships with people remain our biggest assets—and certainly, the only thing that will last for eternity.
It also reminded me of the first century believers in Acts 2:46-48 who “met together in the Temple every day. They ate together in their homes, happy to share their food with joyful hearts. They praised God and were liked by all the people. Every day the Lord added those who were being saved to the group of believers.”
Are you partying with others? Are you involved in parties that have lasting bonds that come from the unity of the Spirit?
Me? I’m thinking it’s time to make sure I’m making the effort to reach out and invite others to these types of parties. The more the merrier! The banquet table is already set.