No big thoughts today. No delicious recipes. 😉 I do however want to share one lesson I am so thankful my Mama taught me. My Mama taught me to show hospitality. She always told me that people give all sorts of excuses for not showing hospitality. They might even say, “thats not my gift.”
Hospitality isn’t a spiritual gift, it’s a command.
All throughout scripture, we see the command to be hospitable. We are commanded to do it often, with joy and to all sorts of people. 1 Peter 4:9 says “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” That means we’re to open our homes even when we’re not the best cook or our home isn’t sparkling clean. It also means we can’t complain and grumble and make our family miserable to have people over. We’re just to do it and do it regularly. Not that you can’t employ a clutter alert before people arrive. 😉
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (Romans 12:13)
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:2)
Together, let us stop waiting till life settles down, till we have a bigger house, till we can clean all the dusty corners, till our kids are well behaved, till we can prepare a gourmet meal, till the weather is better, till we decorate the dining room, till we feel more comfortable, till we are the perfect conversationalist, till we’re out of excuses and act now. Grab a frozen lasagna, pick up the phone and invite someone over. Move over the pile of papers waiting to be filed. Strike up a slightly awkward conversation. Be a light for the gospel in this small way. My Mama didn’t teach me this lesson by telling – she lived it. She repeatedly opened (and opens!) her home in the most gracious manner. I am seeking to learn and practice this – will you join me?
For more reading here is a great article by John Piper.