"Better is a dinner of herbs where love is
I imagine Solomon was no stranger to dinner parties. All of the political affairs, the social soirees, the wedding receptions... Solomon was well aqauinted with feasts that would have included the richest of foods and banquets with the most expensive luxuries. He was also no stranger to dining with enemies that wanted his kingdom, aquaintences who wanted to use his position and power for their own gain, and in-laws, lots of in-laws. His conclusion: It's not the quality of the food that makes the meal, it's the warmth of the company.
Being a pastor is certainly not the same as being a king, but I, too, have attended my share of dinners over the years. I can't tell you much about about what I ate in very many spots (except Boone's Thai food, that stuff is memorable), but I can tell you about some people who are incredibly hospitable (Boone's disposition warmed better than her coconut curry, for the record) and others whose home felt like interrogation centers.
Don't be fooled by wining and dining. See through bribery and false pretense. And don't miss out on genuine warmth and friendship just because it came with a plate of leftover pizza or corndogs.
Let us be people who offer not just a fancy plate, but genuine love.