Hospitality has been a passion of mine for many years. It started small, I can clearly recall the first meal I set out for company in our first apartment as a newly married couple. It was, um, simple. Plastic fishy placements, matching (lucky day) Corel dishware, and a few flowers. The offerings were meager, but the spark of desire to open our home was lit.
People have all kinds of excuses, and let’s be honest, that is often what they are, not to have people over. I know. I have heard them all possibly, and used some myself. Hospitality sounds so formal, requiring fancy meals and a Pottery Barn home. Nothing could be further from the truth. When someone is down and out, just being in the presence of loving company gives powerful support. A meal can be simple, or just a pitcher of tea. Furnishings don’t have to be elaborate, but tidy is nice. Doing what we can with what we have is no small thing. The Bible talks about the necessity for being hospitable. In fact Romans 12:13 directs us, “When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”
Could be that we make it much, much harder that it has to be. Friends old and new truly don’t mind crowding around thrift store furniture in a small space. They don’t care if dishes match, or if the macaroni and cheese is boxed. I am delighted to see that hospitality is making a comeback. There are several books out in stores that can help get us started.
For someone new to opening their homes, The Reluctant Entertainer by Sandy Coughlin might be perfect for you. She has a popular blog about this topic and her ideas are all backed with beautiful photos mean to inspire. Check out www.reluctantentertainer.com for more information on Sandy…
Karen Ehman offers A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others. This book is exciting because it tackles shoestring budgets, tiny homes…and plenty of ways to start practicing this art right away. Good stuff. You can enjoy more of Karen’s teachings at http://karenehman.com/home/
Let’s move toward this action of being hospitable, let’s teach our children and invest in our communities. The idea of living a life that welcomes is profitable to all involved and promises to deliver repeatedly. Hospitality= a long word for simple love in action.