“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
The last dinner party of 2015 was so last minute that I didn’t even have make-up on (GASP), but still had a blast. The best part of the dinner party wasn’t at the pretty table- or even the dishes-filled kitchen. After the dinner party a few of us went to grab a Starbucks tea and then sat in the car for hours talking about life. They were the most meaningful conversations of the night- and reminded me that heart conversations don’t have to be had over the prettiest Anthro plates.
Sometimes with dinner parties, it’s easy to focus solely on the aesthetics (at least for me). We forget the true reason of having a few friends over- to listen, to share, to celebrate, to grieve, and to praise God….to…so much more than a pretty Instagram picture.
I forget that. And when I forget the purpose behind belonging to the Body of Christ, I lose out. I lose out on encouraging others, and being encouraged. I lose out on being purely silly. And being invested in.
With so much freaking hate in the World (SO MUCH HATE), why aren’t we living LOVE better? It’s not difficult. It’s literally just sitting down, listening to one another, and breaking bread (and Whole Food’s Chantilly Cake, can I get an amen for that?). And it’s easy to love on people you already like- so this year one of my priorities is more dinner parties and to not give up on meeting with my friends (does anyone else have the most difficult time scheduling hanging out now? Ugh, life of a twenty-something ;)).
“More dinner parties” sounds so silly and almost a bit pretentious. I pray my heart is sincere always when prepping a dinner party- that my heart is true to serving the Body, and less of getting that perfect picture. *(Which is not to say I won’t be taking pictures!)*