Book: Proverbs 15
“A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.”
One of my favorite events is when the extended family gathers together for a meal. Having many great cooks in the family, each with their own specialty, results in an incredible display of good food to enjoy. But even with all of the tasty food, the most important part of this shared meal is the unity we have with each other. Do we agree with each other on subjects? No, but we love each other and protect our relationships with each other. We challenge each other but would not do anything to hurt each other on purpose.
A few weeks ago, as our extended family gathered together we do not have steak or fancy food. Instead it was a simple meal but a great time of sharing. The cousins gathered in one room to play games, chat and tease each other while the rest of us gathered in another room. We shared stories, listened to both challenges being faced and dreams being worked on. Once in a while food was passed around but the focus was on each other. Our family loves being together. Our family serves each other.
Sometimes, when having people over, the temptation is to focus too much time on the food instead of relationships. It would seem that God created us to enjoy food together so that we would have unity between each other. There is something that happens when we eat with other people. The casualness of the experience often relaxes people enough to share from their heart.
This proverb also suggests that it is really a waste of time, money and food if you put on an incredible feast but you don’t like the people who sit around the table with you. If you can’t love them with just a bowl of fruit and vegetables don’t bother bringing out the steak and lobster!
Consider these words from Psalm 133:1-3 “How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.”