Sterling Principle # 6
When you go out to dinner with an influential person, mind your manners: Don’t gobble your food, don’t talk with your mouth full. And don’t stuff yourself; bridle your appetite.
What does God care about our table manners? It certainly doesn’t earn us brownie points with Him does it? No, but he knows that it is important in our relationships with others. It fits in nicely with the Golden Rule—treat others as you wish to be treated. God wants people to enjoy being together. He created us for community. We don’t enjoy being with rude and unmannerly people. Good manners are simply respect for others.
The training ground for good manners is the home. What we don’t learn at home we won’t put into practice when we are around others. And who is this “influential” person? I believe it is simply another human being. Our manners influence them either to enjoy being in our presence or avoid us. Manners aren’t just something we put on in the presence of those we wish to impress.
While traveling the prairie in a covered wagon, Laura Ingalls mother insisted on good manners. She understood that manners are an expression of your concern for others and our family deserves our best. The family is the training ground for life. Manners cannot be “put on” for others unless they are first “put on” at home. Yes, God cares about our interactions with all others. He wants us to give of our best to our family in preparation for being a blessing to others.
God’s Question: Are your manners offered as a blessing to others?
God’s Promise: You honor Me by your good manners with others.
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for Your concern for all aspects of our lives.
I am sorry I show more concern for convenience than manners.
Thank You for this reminder to show concern for others.
Help me bless others by my good manners for their sake.