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Have you ever been to a wedding reception and placed at Table 19? We were! Its a longer story, but a mix-up between the separated parents of the bride, and my wife were asked to get up and move to another table. It was the ‘leftover’ table… you know, the one left over after all the couples were matched with friends, etc. We had the best time ever, with what some might think of as a group of misfit single adults! They were friendly, spiritual, interesting, talkative, and joyful! But, that awkward moment of standing and grabbing our glass of water and silverware and moving was memorable and a bit embarrassing. I struggle sometimes with going unrecognized, rewarded, or promoted. Do you? Jesus, gave me the antidote. Start with lower expectations and then I will be surprised when moved to a better table. When we are demoted, often all the in between tables are taken, so we go straight to table 19. Don’t worry, you can still have the best time ever.

Now He began telling a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how they had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them, “Whenever you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him, and the one who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then in disgrace you will proceed to occupy the last place. But whenever you are invited, go and take the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are dining at the table with you.  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:7-11 NASB

In what ways am I still seeking the praise of men? How can I become content with what God has already recognized me with… fantastic wife, tremendous children, lovely home, heartwarming grandchildren, extended family, loyal friends, and so much more?

God, as this day begins- I thank you for the New Year 2021! In some ways, its nice to put a bow on last year and move on. May You continue to unfold all Your plans and may I walk faithfully with You this year. Shore up my short-comings, quash the need I feel for human recognition, strengthen the intimacy of my prayer life, and may miracles abound to Your glory!

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