• Heidi J. Smith

A Heart of Hospitality

"Entertaining seeks to impress. Hospitality seeks to bless." Jen Wilkin

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Several years ago, my family and I invited some guests over for supper.

We grilled hamburgers and gathered around the table. As we chatted and helped the kids, one guest bit into her sandwich and politely pushed it aside.

"Is something wrong?" I asked.

"Ummm," she hesitated, "the meat is a little too rare for me."

"Oh, I'm sorry," I answered as I cut into my raw burger.

Embarrassed, my husband and I grabbed the burgers and threw them back on the grill.

After cooking them again and regathering, we noticed one of our kids was missing. We searched until we discovered our two-year-old hanging from the top shelf of the panty eating candy!

Our night didn't go as planned, especially since I wanted to impress our guests.

But instead our guests saw our vulnerabilities and shared theirs. We were blessed because we opened our hearts.

"Entertaining seeks to IMPRESS. Hospitality seeks to BLESS." Jen Wilkin

Hospitality doesn't have to be perfect or fancy, only striving to encourage others. It displays Christ's love by opening your home and heart to others.

Hospitality comes easier to some than others, but we are all called to show hospitality to others.

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling." 1 Peter 4:8-9 NIV

When was the last time you invited someone over to your house?

It may have been a while due to Covid-19, and maybe a lot of excuses pop in your head. What will I make? I don't really know them. I'm sure someone else will have them over.

But as places open back up, what a wonderful time to start!

Be creative. Grill on the back deck, roast marshmallows over a campfire, picnic at the park, order pizzas, or sip coffee from comfy chairs in the drive way six feet apart.

Remember hospitality isn't about IMPRESSING only BLESSING others.

Our guests are now our friends even though we served them rare hamburgers. Whenever we get together, we grill our meat completely and don't lose our kids because they are teenagers:)

Do you have any fun hosting tips or flops? Please share.

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