Hospitality isn't just opening your home.....it's opening your heart.
Ever since God gifted us with an amazingly huge home recently, we have been inviting different families, usually two at a time, over for Sunday lunch after church. Our goal is to invite just about everyone we know from church over at least once in the course of the next year.
Is it hard work? Yes!
Is it tiring? Sometimes, especially during this season of my life!
Is it worth the effort? Absolutely!
Though we are anxious to show our friends what we've done with the place, in part because the changes are so dramatic, and in part because many of them helped us clean this house, it's not about US, how clean our home is, how good the food is, how many things we have. It's about blessing others with the blessings we've been given and letting them into our lives that we may encourage them.
I learned a long time ago that it doesn't really matter how clean your home is, or what kind of food you fix if you are kind and interested in others. One poor missionary family with 5 kids used to invite us over all the time for meals. Sometimes the fare was antelope sausage or deer steaks and sometimes just cheese quesadillas or basic sandwiches. But those meals were wonderful because of the conversation and fun of being included in the family. They were the most hospitable people, even if they didn't have much to share.
As I "make our new home a haven" I want our home to be a place where friends can laugh and talk, hang out for hours, and feel loved and welcome. I want my children to learn hospitality and help me with preparations for guests. Usually the meals I make are simple and without a fuss. I'm also planning to make many of our future gatherings potlucks so the workload is shared. It's nice having a clean home on Sunday and not just be "letting things go" as we can be apt to do on the weekends if no one is coming over. It's fun to see the kids get super excited about the company that's coming each week. It's great to get to know folks better in an informal setting as it can be difficult to visit after church while chasing little ones around.
In what ways are you growing in the area of hospitality?