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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sharing a thought about thanking the Lord for your food, even at a restaurant-from Stand to Reason


Stand To Reason | Quick Thought

This is a newsletter that I got in my email today from Stand to Reason.  I really recommend their website: http://www.str.org/.  They have great, practical ways for living the Christian life.  This was about praying in a restaurant to thank God for your food, just like you would do at home.  I usually do this, and feel really good about having the decency to thank my Savior for the wonderful things He has given me. This is an expression of the heart, showing thankfulness for our blessings.  I really believe it is a great thing to show our children, too.  Getting in the habit of saying thank you to God can also help them to get in the habit of thanking others for the good things they receive as well.  It's such a positive thing! 


I always try to bow my head and give thanks over meals in restaurants, even when I’m alone.  Sometimes, though, it creates awkward moments.
Just a few weeks ago, something unique happened while I was at a Mexican restaurant with my wife and girls.  As usual, we held hands, bowed our heads over enchiladas and chili rellenos, and prayed.  Nothing fancy, just a specific, genuine expression of thanks from the heart.
When I lifted my head, I noticed our server waiting patiently—and politely—for us to finish.  He then came closer, took a knee next to the table, and in broken English asked a question.  Could I teach him to pray?
He told me he liked the idea of giving thanks with his own family over meals, but he was a little unsure of himself.  Did I have any suggestions?  I thanked him for his interest, offered some thoughts, and then passed on a word of encouragement.
It was a short conversation, but it reinforced for me the importance of appropriate gestures of public piety.
I have three specific reasons for saying grace in restaurants, none having anything to do with grandstanding, trying to look “religious,” or attempting to impress anyone with my spirituality.  Here they are.
First, I want to express gratitude to God.
It is right to be grateful to God for every good thing we receive from Him, including what we eat (1 Tim. 4:3-5).  Giving thanks for any meal—even in the humblest circumstances with no one watching—is simply good manners towards God.
Sometimes people are watching, though, which brings me to the second reason I always try to say grace publicly in restaurants.  I want to express gratitude to God before other people.
This brings me to my final reason for always saying grace publicly in restaurants:  I want my simple act of devotion to have a beneficial effect on others. 
Instead of thinking the worst of those around me, I assume my behavior might encourage them.  I don’t expect to get many requests for a short tutorial on prayer, but I do hope my effort will get others thinking in a positive way.
Some of those who offer a compliment turn out to be believers who weren’t as bold themselves.  My effort encouraged them to stand a little taller and be more concerned about honoring God rather than being anxious about the judgment of others. 
Even with non-believers present, I’m willing to take the risk that they may not like what they see.  Those who don’t share my convictions display their values publicly.  Why should I, as a Christian, timidly shrink into the background? 
I hope in the future you won’t miss opportunities like this.  Non-Christians frequently zero in on the negatives of religion.  Maybe your decision in this small area will give them something positive to consider.
Equipping you with the skills that will give you confidence to live out your convictions publicly is what Stand to Reason is all about.  

Grateful for your partnership,
Greg Koukl

3 comments:

  1. Best way to thank god is to give the server a big tip.

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  2. That would certainly show thanks to your server! But having a spirit of thanksgiving to God for his blessings is very important. How many things throughout the day do we pass by and never take into consideration how blessed we really are? It's a very good exercise for our souls. It also puts things into perspective. We can be negative and complain because we only see our problems, to the point that we miss all the little good things around us every day. Try it! Those around you might notice a more positive person!

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  3. I like to give 20%.

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