A Small Group Lesson I Learned at the Restaurant

Reflection of Parents

I was at a restaurant today eating lunch. A family came in with several kids and sat at a table behind me. The kids were loud and active through their entire meal. There was even a loud crash as they were leaving (but it didn’t sound like they broke anything).

After they left, the server came to my table and asked, “Can you believe parents would allow their kids to shoot spitballs at a restaurant?”

I didn’t see any of the kids shoot spitballs and I don’t know the situation of that family. There are many families going through difficult situations that are extremely hard on kids. But as I thought about what the server said, I realized she believed the behavior of the kids was a reflection of their parents. The server didn’t ask why the kids behaved the way that they did. She believed the parents were flawed.

Reflection of God

As a Christian, we are God’s children. To unsaved people around us, what we do can be perceived as a reflection of our Heavenly Father.

Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:35

Are you and your small group behaving in a way that people will want to know more about your relationship with Jesus, or will it cause them to wonder why anyone would want to be a Christian?

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