Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom” [James 3:13]

The time of giving thanks, sharing a meal, and entertaining friends and family is upon us.  What are the things you bring to this table of fellowship?  Before the moment comes when all are gathered, allow me to share a few thoughts from my own basket of preparation.

Take a break:   Spend some quiet time considering those you will be serving or those who will be helping you to serve.

Be prepared:  Before you prepare to serve or to be served pray for love to saturate the atmosphere.

Be considerate:   Consider each guest as a guest of honor.  Even the setting of the table, be it plain or fancy is an act of love and honors your guests.

Be a listener:  Make it priority to have a listening ear—hearing beyond your own perspectives brings great affirmation to others.

Be empathic:  What are the concerns and problems each one is facing, everyone has a story to tell and a need to share in a safe place.

Be at peace:  What you give will flow from your heart, be at peace and those around you will receive peace.

Regardless of where you are, in a home, a restaurant, a social or work gathering these same principles hold true.  You are the light of the world, the salt of the earth—pour yourself out and watch God touch the lives of those around you.

Further Reading:  Psalm 89