Luke 6:31 MSG
Imagine you’d gone to a top-rated, 5-star restaurant as a special treat, and ordered their most expensive steak. You’re really looking forward to your meal, but when it’s brought to you, there’s the tiniest piece of steak on the plate, just enough for one bite. So you complain, but the server explains that although it’s a small portion, it’s the best steak available anywhere in the world – it’s the quality, not the quantity, that matters. You probably wouldn’t be happy about that.
Sometimes, quality is more important than quantity, but there are some areas of our lives where both are equally important. One of those areas is in our relationships with others. We might think that it doesn’t matter how much time we give to our friends and loved ones as long as it’s quality time. But we can’t grow a friendship if we’re not prepared to invest time and effort into it. The Message paraphrases Luke 6:31 like this: ‘Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!’ (MSG).
We need to think about how we would like our friends to treat us. Would we feel happy and valued if they chose to spend only a small amount of time with us once in a while? Our time is valuable to us, so when we choose to spend it with a friend or loved one, we’re showing how much we value them. If we’re only willing to give them a few minutes, what sort of message are we sending them? They might think their friendship isn’t all that important to us.
When it comes to building relationships, let’s make the decision to choose both quality and quantity, and show our friends and loved ones how much they mean to us.