Last Monday I interviewed a shepherd candidate couple. When I interview candidates I usually treat them to lunch, but this couple insisted on buying. And I enjoyed lunch a lot.
They took me to a Korean restaurant. The wife asked me, “What would you like to have as an appetizer? I heard they serve delicious dumplings.”
I said, “Dumplings sound good.”
“Which do you like, steamed or fried? I recommend the fried dumplings.”
“OK by me.”
“What would you like for the main dish? Their mackerel special is supposed to be good. It comes with bean soup.”
“I’d like that.”
I felt like I was treated very well.
When people invite me to a restaurant they usually ask me, “What kind of food do you like?” or “Which restaurant do you prefer?” But to be honest, I don’t have a favorite. I like every kind of food, prepared any way – steamed, boiled, broiled, fried, roasted, even raw. I’ll eat anything, including beef, port, rabbit, horse, lamb, goat, chicken, duck, pheasant, dove, whale, shark, buffalo, even alligator. I enjoy all cuisines as well – Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Mexican, Brazilian, Italian, French, German, Greek, and Moroccan.
I enjoy it most when people take me to their own favorite restaurant and order dishes they enjoy, like the couple I mentioned, instead of asking me to choose the restaurant or food.
When I first came to Seoul Baptist, I made a mistake of saying that I liked sashimi. Since then, whenever I visited a Friday house church meeting, sashimi was served, without fail. On my Pastor’s Corner, I once mentioned that I enjoyed kimchi stew my daughter-in-law made. After that column appeared, I found kimchi stew on the table whenever I visited house church meetings.
Oh, how our church members love their pastor!
Let me tell you a secret: when I am invited to a restaurant, my favorite food is what my host enjoys most. When I am invited to a home, my favorite food is whatever the hostess’ specialty is. I enjoy kimchi stew, bean curd dreg casserole, naeng-myun, hot or cold noodle soup, knife-cut noodles, noodles with black bean sauce, mung-bean pancake, sliced rice cake with hot seasoning, steamed and marinated meat, boiled fish in sauce, pasta, sushi, steak, etc.
I don’t particularly like to have many dishes at one time. I usually like one main dish with a few side dishes.
So when you invite me, please take me to your favorite restaurant and order your favorite dish, or invite me your home and cook and serve your specialty.
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