Have you ever invited someone to lunch, and they immediately check their "List" to see if they can work you in? If they have a vacancy, you can set a date to have lunch, and perhaps enjoy your friendship for an hour. It can be a relaxing exchange of stories, catching up and sharing ideas, or it can turn into a phone watching event. That happened to me recently, and I have to admit the experience left me feeling bereft, demeaned, hurt and more than a little angry.
I've thought about that encounter many times since. I am well aware that we all have appointments and engagements we have to keep, but careless tact can make one wonder just how meaningful the friendship is. I have come to this conclusion, if someone is gracious enough to ask you to lunch, show them the courtesy and respect that you would like to be shown. Put you phone away, and focus on the time you have available to enjoy a meal together.
When we approach God, needing to spend time with Him, He cordially invites us In. He doesn't become too preoccupied to listen to us. He gives us His full attention. The Lord shows us how important we are to Him, and how much He loves for us to seek His presence. Matthew 22: 34-40 tells us that when Jesus was asked what the greatest command was he answered: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” By obeying these commands we can convey to others the same warmth and fellowship that Jesus shared during His ministry.
Bible Verse: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12 (ESV)
Thought for the Day: In all that surrounds him, the egotist sees only the frame of his own portrait. ~J. Petit-Senn
Prayer: Elohim Kedoshim, Holy God, thank you for paying attention to our lives, and showing us how much we mean to you. Help us to show that same love and respect for others. We pray in Jesus' precious name, Amen.