Sunday, July 6, 2014

Where are you sitting?

I no longer enjoy being around big crowds of people. But I still needed to get out of the house this Fourth of July and go downtown around 10:30, before the crowds. How interesting that people put their chairs out the night before to save their spots for the big parade. 
Yup, all the chairs are lined up on Main Street. More chairs on the corner.
More chairs in the street.
And if you don't have lawn chairs or camp chairs, dining room chairs from the seventies work too.
“When you are asked by someone to a wedding supper, do not take the important seat. Someone more important than you may have been asked to come also. The one who asked both of you to come may say to you, ‘The important seat is for this man.’ Then you will be ashamed as you take the last place. But when you are asked to come to the table, sit down on the last seat. Then the one who asked you may come and say to you, ‘Friend, go to a more important place.’ Then you will be shown respect in front of all who are at the table with you. Whoever makes himself look more important than he is will find out how little he is worth. Whoever does not try to honor himself will be made important.”  Luke 14:8-11 New Life Version

I’m not saying that it’s not ok to save the best spot on the street from which to watch the parade. I think it’s actually very cute that so many people save the same spot year after year. It becomes a family tradition.

The question is would you give up your spot for someone else? And what would it take? Would you give up your spot to a veteran? To a single mom with several toddlers? A homeless person?

Which reminds me of another Bible passage. 
Then He will say to them, ‘For sure, I tell you, because you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ Matthew 25:45 New Life Version

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