Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
It’s the holiday season again and we all know what that means. There will be holiday parties with friends and coworkers and dinners with the family. For some, this idea strikes fear in your heart because family drama is never better played out than on the stage of a holiday dinner. LOL.
But here’s a tip to get you through all the parties, dinners and random gatherings. First of all, pray! I know that seems silly to some but really, start praying as soon as you get the invitation. Talk to God about the triggers that seem to start arguments every year. Ask God to help you with your attitude if you struggle to have fun at these things. And above all, ask God to let His will be done at these events. Everybody there has a need that only God can meet.
We are so used to showing up at Mom’s house as her kid. Or big brother’s house as his little brother he always picks on. But we really need to ask God, “Who do You need me to be today in this house? What are You trying to accomplish in this house today and how can I help?”
If we keep showing up as their child, that’s how they will treat us. But if we show up as a child of God walking in power, joy and purpose, they will have to respond to that change. There is no need to preach or debate scriptures. Just be present, ready with a word of encouragement, time to listen and understand and lots and lots of love, patience and kindness that we get through cultivating a relationship with God. Just your presence, free of attitude and anxiety, can bring deliverance to your friends and family. But you have to show up and walk in the door knowing who God sent you there to be and not fall back on what is familiar to you or them.
Four people can experience the same event yet in the retelling they each note different details. The synoptic gospels are a perfect example of that. Many of the recounts are the same in the general happenings but the differences lie in the details noted by each author. So that through all four synoptic gospels collectively, we see Jesus as a servant, as the son of man, as king and as God.
So while doing the will of God, what people took away from their encounter with Jesus was the same at the core but also slightly unique for each of them. If you truly enter each encounter with the silent plea to God that His purpose be fulfilled, you too will impact people’s lives in this way leaving them with a unique experience where they met you but also encountered the power of God. That’s going to do more in the long run for your family than having two pieces of Mom’s pie or finally beating your brother at Monopoly. Although, any time you can have two pieces of pie, I say go for it! Be blessed everyone!
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