Matthew 9:10-11

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

When I played baseball we had a lot of big time fans. One of them stood out among the rest. Actually, I wouldn’t even call him a fan. He was a part of the team. His name was Michael Todd Esser, we called him Todd, and boy was he something. This man was the loudest fan during the games and the most consistent fan on and off the field. So much so, he would end up joining us for team meals before the game.

Now Todd wouldn’t just get there when the meal started. You see, Todd was in a wheel chair with cerebral palsy. With that, he had to schedule bus rides to the field every day. Sometimes the bus would only drop off at 7am for a noon game. This meant Todd was there WAY before anyone else. The older I got, the earlier I would get there and I would see him sitting there at the table waiting for someone to talk with.

The thing with Todd was that if you sat with him, you had better be ready to tell him all about your week. I am not a morning person, and I am an introvert, so not a great combo for a morning conversation. Regardless, I would often find myself in chatting with Todd in the wee hours of the morning.

Todd passed away over a year ago and is the only friend I have ever lost. I won’t lie, it sucked losing him. I loved that guy. I still do. I am so thankful I got to know him. To be honest, I avoided him for my first two years. It was just easier to not get involved in his life than it was to take time and sit with him. I am more than grateful I did. Todd and I talked about his girlfriends, his favorite movies, and music. I even got to open up to him about my faith.

I am confident Todd is in heaven. I am confident He is eating a million cookies a day and chatting Jesus ear off. My prayer is we begin to invite people into our lives. People who are easy to keep out, I pray we let them in. God is able to really work when we get uncomfortable and begin to trust Him. So invite over that weird neighbor. Grab coffee with the quite person at work. I promise God has given them a story that He will use to change you.

Our lives where meant to be shared with one another. God didn’t make you as amazing as you are for just you to enjoy. Let others experience you and begin to experience others. I promise it will make God smile.

Who can I invite over for a meal?

Does God want me to sit down with someone and just talk about life?

Dear Lord, thank you for your word and how it speaks to us. May we live a life worthy of your calling. A life filled with joy and filled with others. This is our prayer. We love you! Amen.

Have a great weekend!

C. Lyman

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