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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

An Interesting Dinner Conversation

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Here’s an interesting conversation we had around the dinner table one evening.

James (age 15): Have you ever thought what it might be like to have certain actors play certain Bible characters?

Me (eyeing him warily): No-o.

James: What if Clint Eastwood played Moses in The Ten Commandments? “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, Pharaoh?”

Me: {groan}

Rachel (age 17, picking up on her brother’s cue): “Go ahead, Pharaoh, make my day.”

Me: (looking sideways at my daughter, stifling a bemused chuckle)

Bill (my husband, old enough to know better but definitely the leader of this pack): “Dyin’ ain’t much of a living, Pharaoh.”

The last bit of the meal being placed on the table we all quickly transitioned into saying the blessing and plowing into the food. An interesting conversation takes only so much precedence over filling an empty stomach, after all.

I’m not sure what the spiritual relevance or lesson is in all this. Perhaps we need to reevaluate the influence of certain entertainment media on our thinking. I just can’t picture Moses coming off like Dirty Harry. Not that we’ve watched Dirty Harry, mind you. Well, not for awhile, anyway.

Or maybe, just maybe, the lesson in all this is that coming together as a family around the dinner table gives us all kinds of opportunities to share, laugh and discuss things. Even silly, goofy things. Not all of our conversations need to be spiritually based. However, the more frequent the opportunity of doing things together as a family, the more likely topics of spiritual relevance can be brought up and discussed.

Make sure you’re spending time together as a family. Eat meals together, play games together, go places together. Be together. It’s too easy these days for all of us (adults included) to plug in, tune out and drift away into our own little activities. Sharing the gospel and impressing godly truths on our children is so much easier when we’re physically interacting with each other on a regular basis.

And for the record, as far as an actor playing Moses, I think Charlton Heston was the man.

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