240. Guest of Honor

“I went to a retirement dinner last night for a real good friend,” Stan began one morning.

“Good time?” I asked.

“It was an excellent time,” Stan responded, and then added, “my friend did something I didn’t expect, but it was fabulous.”

“What was that?”

“This was a very special dinner,” Stan replied.  “Big fancy table at the front with a sign that said, ‘Guest of Honor’ and pointed to where my friend was sitting.”

“That was nice that he was honored in such a nice way.”

“It was,” Stan replied, “but I really liked how he turned the honor around.”

“What did he do?” I asked.

“After all of the guests were seated, my friend stood up, got everyone’s attention, and thanked them for coming.  He said he was going to say a blessing before the meal, but that first he wanted to thank the true honored guest.”

“My friend then went on to boldly proclaim that he is a Christian and that the Honored Guest in His life, the One he always tries to honor, is Jesus Christ.”

“Great testimony,” I responded.

“It was,” Stan said, “and it really made me focus on who or what I put on the throne of my life to be honored.  Too often it is self as I pursue the world, the flesh, and the devil. And way too often, I am reluctant to be intentional about my faith.”

“My friend had a huge impact on me, as well as on a lot of people at his retirement dinner.  I didn’t expect it, but it just shows what can happen when a person maintains the right perspective wherever he or she goes.”

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For those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.  1 Samuel 2:30.

Prayer:  Lord, you are worthy of all honor and praise.  Please forgive me for all of the times I have chosen to honor myself, someone, or something other than you.  Thank you that you honor me when I honor you.  And, Lord, please lead me in exact accord with your will as to how you want me to honor you.  Lead and help me to follow.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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