Last week I went to a friends home for a tea. I have to admit that because my comfort zone is in the kitchen, I sometimes don’t enjoy things like this as well as some others might. Having to admit that I write better than I speak, it is always so much more comfortable for me to be the one giving the tea than attending so I can stay busy serving. But, this seems to be something that I so often say lately; and it is that I was again reminded of something last week. As soon as I arrived at the tea, of course you know what I did, I headed to the kitchen where several ladies had already gathered, around the food. But as more ladies arrived, it became obvious that they weren’t there for the food (as good as it truly was) but for the fellowship! In a few minutes I found myself meeting some new ladies I had never met and catching up with friends I hadn’t seen in quite a while! Others I see but just never have the opportunity to really visit with them one on one! So as yummy as the food was, it was clear that the fellowship with each other was the main focus of the day. In fact I hardly touched the food I was having so much fun talking with the others! I didn’t want to leave when it was time. Why is it we get so caught up on things that truly are not the things we should be focused on. Last week I had several young moms over for dinner. After watching them interact with each other and enjoy their time away from the babies (and probably if we are being honest here even the hubbies) for an evening, I knew I could have served them TV dinners and they would not have cared. The next day, I received a text message from one of them that said “it was just so nice to be cared for instead of being the caregiver last night”. That made me stop to think of what I should be focused on when people are in our home. Yes, I do enjoy cooking for others, but….as Debbie Stuart always reminds us, “ keep the main thing the main thing”…and in this case, it should be the people, not the food! Lord help me when I seem to go back to being a Martha, worrying so much about the details, give me a love and insight to people and what they might be needing from me! May they feel cared for and loved the minute they walk thru our door. Help me to remember that they might not remember what I served them but they will remember how I treated them!
I’m so grateful for being reminded once again (seems like the Lord has to teach me this again ever so often)last week, to not focus so much on what the house looks like or if the menu is perfect! Make my focus be on others and may Gods light and love fill me to overflowing so that they see Him not me! That is my prayer!