Pr. 15:17: “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fatted calf with hatred.”
I have been to dinners/breakfasts where there was some level of tension, although perhaps not pure hatred. It is always an uncomfortable experience. No matter what magnificent meal has been prepared, no matter what other company is present, or how pretty the table setting may be, the tension is so heavy that it makes the fork hard to lift.
Our accommodations during our family vacation last week were a nice 8-person tent. Packing our car as lightly as possible meant that all meals were planned in advanced, dehydrated, and bagged for each day to ensure that they took up less space and were camp stove ready. We didn’t have anything that would be considered gourmet, but those meals were some of the best of my life. 🙂
Because there were no distractions, we spent our meals playing games, enjoying beautiful views, laughing, and talking about our day and our plans. Each meal, no matter what we ate, was wonderful. (Even beyond the fact that everything tastes even better to me when eaten while camping)
I am thankful for a family full of love. I am also thankful for the reminder that perfection is over-rated. The most important thing in our lives, outside of God, is relationship. When we focus on building and growing our relationships first, the menu just no longer matters. It’s the experience that counts.
Planning some delectable relationship time for dinner tonight,