I was conversing with some friends yesterday, and it became very clear that some pretty big decisions are made while dining together. Not just about superficial “how was your day” talk, but meaningful things that have the potential to change lives. Like: deciding to make a retreat; becoming a community volunteer; or coaching your child’s sports team. Why is this? Perhaps it is because we have time to really think as we chew, taste and swallow that bite of baked potato seasoned with real butter and a smidgen of sour cream. Maybe our brain goes through a similar process to make a decision. Maybe it’s because we are forced to look into our friend’s eyes and see what is honestly happening in their life as we sit across the table. Or is it because we have chosen to take the time to just be present to the moment at hand?
Think about the significant things in your life and you’ll see where I’m coming from on this. When we get together to do just about anything, there is food available. Example: business networking usually takes place during the breakfast or lunch hour. Yes, some of that is because we are all very busy and stressed and we have to multi-task to fit it all into our day. However, there is just something really comforting about eating while we talk about important stuff.
I often joke about how it is all about the food. It is. Food sustains us. It is tangible and comforting and hopefully, delicious. (Healthy will be another “thought” on another day.) So, the next time a friend invites you to meet for dinner, be careful what you sign up for. You might find yourself in a situation that you never expected….and it could be a very good thing!
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” 1Cor 10:31 NAB