Do you enjoy going out to dinner with friends ?
When we moved to the seashore, some friendly ladies invited me to dine with them at a local restaurant. Our delicious meals arrived, and conversation was flowing well. Suddenly I realized that the table talk had ceased, and all the ladies were looking at me.
Assessing the situation, I realized the ladies were finished their dinners and were waiting for me to finish, so they could order dessert. I eat slowly; it is a life-long habit.
Since, as Christians, our goal is to make people comfortable, I asked our kind server to bring me a styrofoam container to bring the rest of my dinner, traditional NL fish cakes, home.
I could have taken the opportunity to tell the ladies that people who eat slowly are generally slimmer than those who eat quickly. I might have reminded them that slower, mindful eating habits help the digestive process, but sometimes it is best to remain silent. Jesus asks us to treat others politely, and it is considered bad manners to comment on how much, how little, or how quickly someone is eating.
My new friends and I went on to enjoy many more restaurant meals together. I just always chose something small from the menu.