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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Enjoying the Best

Carole will be returning to Chicago tomorrow, so this evening she treated Kathy & me to dinner at Olive Garden Italian Restaurant in Pinellas Park.  The food and service were second to none.  In addition to salad or soup served with fresh baked bread, we had the following entrĂ©es: Carole ordered Lasagna Classico, Kathy ordered Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, and I ordered Venetian Apricot Chicken—grilled chicken breasts in an apricot citrus sauce, served with broccoli, asparagus and diced tomatoes.  After dinner, sipping on peach ice tea, I mused that even kings and queens in the past did not have a higher quality meal (prepared from produce and meats kept fresh when necessary by refrigeration) and served in an air conditioned environment.  Too often I neglect to appreciate the advantages that modern society provides.  Surely our heavenly father is justified in expecting a lot from us.  “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48 (NIV)).  My we remember that while it’s nice to be served, it is a greater gift to be given opportunities to serve. 

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