So what does a fresh take at hospitality look like?
It’s not just doing something unusual for “company”…but creating an everyday lifestyle that provides welcome to family, friends, strangers . . . and yourself.
It’s not just inviting people into your home…but using all the resources God has provided—your physical space, your possessions, your time and energy and talents, your unique family background and personality, even your failures and mistakes—to extend comfort and care to other people. It’s using your unique gifts to make them feel safe and comfortable and wanted.
Quite literally, it’s loving people with your whole life.
And that, I believe is what community is really all about.
Stop for just a minute and consider just how powerful that idea really is.
Loving people with your life.
Serving them in a way that is uniquely yours. Offering your very self as well as your home and table as a refuge to those who feel alien and alone—and don’t all of us feel that way at times?
Helping others feel accepted, loved, celebrated, and doted on just confirms to them that they truly do matter. You matter, I matter, our children matter, and even the least of these matter.
Making room for others to just be.
That, friends, is hospitality—and it’s not just for those with gorgeous homes, professional cooking skills, support staff on call, or special spiritual gifts. It’s not just for happy homemakers or organizational whizzes or extroverted personalities.
It’s the way God calls us the live. In community with care and celebration.
I want to challenge you, to show you why hospitality may need to be a bigger part of your life than it is right now.
I desire to encourage you, to convince you that you can do it—even if you can’t cook or you have a houseful of little kids or you live in Winnebago.
I want to inspire you to stretch yourself, to expand your thinking about what hospitality means and what it’s supposed to mean and how you can develop a ministry of hospitality that’s uniquely yours.
But most important, I want to urge you to start simply…but simply start.
This perspective helps us move past the paralysis of attempting something that seems too hard and for some, impossible. It removes the pressure to be perfect and frees us actually to enjoy the process of celebrating life. It helps us move beyond obligation or duty and recover the passion and excitement of making others feel they matter.
And it helps us remember that most good things are learned in the doing, that life is a journey, and that we can’t go anywhere until we begin putting one foot in front of the other.
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