Love, Love, Love all things hosting. Bring out the oh-so-neat matching plates and cups; creatively craft an awesome center piece (I'll have to work on this step- my crafty skills are not up to par); bake tons of tasty treats; and brew the fancy stuff. Or let's simplify by grilling yummy burgers and building a toasty bonfire.
That's being hospitable. I'm I right?
Sure, it involves opening your home and sharing your life. But is that all it takes to be hospitable?
What about opening your heart? Is your heart a home for your friends? I don't mean to say that we have to let everyone in on every detail of our heart. Instead...
Do we bear each others burdens? Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
Do we love one another? The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Galatians 5:14
Do we confess to each other? Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16
Do we pray together? All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. Acts 1:14
It's easy to say we do life together on Sundays, at church "fellowships", and in our homes, but do we go beyond typical and welcome people into the deeper levels of our lives? To be Hospitable, we have to open not only our homes, but our hearts to the ones God puts on our path. Let's go beyond decor, yummy food, and simple conversations-notice I didn't say do without the decor. ;)
Coffee Date Soon? I promise I will do my best to welcome you into my "home" with all "heart".