Plank Pulling Thursday - I was going to do this last week. Didn't get around to it and then Jessica posts *This* last week.
So - I'm gonna go with it.
I don't habitually pray before I eat.
There - I said it. I'm in ministry, I teach Bible studies, I take God VERY seriously and it is usually my hubby that walks in and asks "Did anyone pray?" While I mummble and swallow and clasp my hands together.
I'd like my kids to give thanks before they eat. I do think there is Biblical precedence for it . . .
I just don't follow through.
I take my relationship with Jesus very personal, it's not a religion for me - it's a relationship, and I think there is a fine line between familiarity and disrespect.
But really - does that mar my christian report card? Does it? Really?
I might argue that saying thanks before we eat can get legalistic . . . oooohhh and "legalistic" is bad in all christian-ese.
I mean, God and I talk all the time! There has been more than one prayer that started in my heart and my first words where "I Know!" because God was giving me a spiritual nudge. And I will just start talking to Him. My Abba, Father.
But consider - God is my Abba, and KING. So, like - say the president's kids, there is a time for intimacy and yet also to remember their fathers position and the respect that is to be show to that.
Granted, I lean towards the intimacy. Like the intimacy I have with the kids at my table.
And when they leave the table I do insist that they do two things - take the plate to the sink, and say "Thank you for the food" to whomever prepared that meal.
I guess I could see how God just wants the same consideration from me.
I wonder, then, what the "take your plate to the sink" equivalent is?