Dishes don’t have to match, good food doesn’t need to be fussy, and there is always room for friends.
Browsing a friend’s facebook page, I came across this quotation; it resonated with my heart. To me, this is my philosophy of hospitality. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for fine china, lovely crystal and polished silver. I quite enjoy a impeccably dressed table.
Sadly, though, I think we have set this as the standard, as opposed to one option among many. What’s worse is we have come to believe if we can’t achieve this standard each and every time we invite someone into our homes, we have failed. Leaving us to believe that we shouldn’t even try, shouldn’t offer the invitation, or take the risk. Don’t buy into this! Please!
Exactly what is hospitality?
I came across various answers in my quest for knowledge on this topic. Here are a few definitions that I found.
~kindness in welcoming strangers or guests
~the act of generously providing care and kindness to whoever is in need.
~the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.
I am a Christian; my faith impacts every area of my life. All of it. To me, a Christ-follower, hospitality is to be a way of life, not just something I do because I am gifted or talented at it, or even because I enjoy it. As Christians, I believe we are called to be hospitable, no matter what our dishes look like, how simple or fancy the food, or the size of our home. Whatever we have been given, we are to use all these resources to serve and to bless others.
I came across the most interesting website (click here)**which discusses various Christian practices, specifically hospitality.
**While I found the area on hospitality very interesting and intriguing, please know that I am not endorsing the entire website, as I have not had time to peruse all areas. Take what is good, throw out what is not so good.
Coming soon, next installment on hospitality: ....Dishes don’t have to match.
…DISHES DON’T HAVE TO MATCH
…FOOD DOESN’T HAVE TO BE FUSSY
….ALWAYS ROOM FOR FRIENDS