Hospitality has been on my heart lately. Welcoming people into our home, serving others, preparing meals for my family and others. Making sure that the checker at the grocery store knows how much I appreciate her, or saying “hi” to the mail man and asking about his Father’s Day. Making people feel welcome.
I see it all the time, people on their phones, texting, snap chatting, but never having a real, in-person connection with others. I want to bring that back. I got rid of Facebook…I know! Gone. What is even more surprising is, it has been about six months and I don’t miss it. At all. I like having things to talk about with others, instead of the “I saw that!” response. This is all a post in itself, so I will save it for another day. But, needless to say hospitality and connecting with people has been on my heart.
I have subscribe to magazines such as Magnolia, Better Homes and Gardens, Real Simple, Southern Living and more. Beautiful magazines. Martha Stewart, she is the Queen in my opinion. I love her. June Cleaver…every mom wants to be her. But while I used turn to magazines and Martha to make my home more inviting, what I have started to do is turn to God about hospitality. Because when something is worth thinking about, it is worth praying about and finding out what scripture says. Here are some of my favorite verses on hospitality.
Romans 12:13…When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
This is a command. Always be ready. Be ready to serve God’s people who are in need. Does a new mom need a freezer meal? Does a friend need to come over for coffee and talk? Always be ready to welcome and serve.
1 Peter 4:9…Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
Cheerfully share. Friday nights I am usually burnt out. I am tired, I want a nap, I want to watch junk TV, eat pizza and drink a Pepsi. But guess what? Friday nights are usually nights when we have people over and I love it. We usually still get pizza, we play games, we have a good time. I love having people in my home.
Hebrews 13:2…Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!
Are there people in your church or community that you would like to know better? What about a visitor or speaker to your church, would they like a home cooked meal? What about an elderly person who might like company and conversation? Extending your home and welcoming in strangers is a blessing.
I am going to start a new little series on this blog about hospitality….if you remember, my word for 2017 was hopsitality. How do you show hospitality? Are your doors open? Do you consider yourself a people person? I hope you stick around for the series. I would love to share ideas and thoughts so we can all learn how to welcome others into our homes and lives. Happy Tuesday. Thank you for reading!