Welcome to Day 28 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin”
and in our homes and beyond. If you missed The Introduction or you’d like
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When I embarked on this #31Days series, and chose Hospitality as one of the weekly topics, I had plans for all kinds of things hospitality-minded. But, as I began writing, I had an ‘Ah Ha’ moment. I needed that ‘Ah Ha’ moment and so did some readers. But….that totally turned my plans all upside down. (You can read about that here.)
Today I came across this phrase…
A perfectly kept house is the sign of a misspent life.
Mary Randolph Carter
Most of my thoughts on hospitality revolve around the home and opening our homes to others. I know the topic is much broader…but I think that it’s an area where we all struggle.
Yesterday we were invited to a home…
A home where there’s a small kitchen renovation in process. And the family dog is entering his final life stage. Yet, the hostess still invited friends for Sunday lunch…two soups and a chicken salad. We brought the dessert. The gathering was small…just three couples as one couple had a health issue that change their plans last minute. The kitchen island was filled with kitchen stuff and the walls were spotted with wall patch. The hostess had a fall tablecloth which needed to be ironed…her comment, not mine.
It’s clear to you that I noticed all these imperfections. How could I not? The food was being served buffet style from the stove and counter. I ate on the table with the window pane folds in the cloth. But it did not matter. Not one bit.
Instead the guys enjoyed watching and talking football, all of us had fun playing Sequence, and we ate some really good food. The Pasta Fazool was so good, that I need to get the recipe to share with you. It was relaxing. It was good to hang out with friends, new and old. And I was reminded of one of the reasons for being hospitable.
Most of us are on the go. We share brief encounters with lots of people during our day. But, do we do life together? Do we experience community?
Sure we can eat Sunday lunch and watch the game by ourselves in our own homes. Alone. Or we can throw some food together and invite some other couples or families to join us.
There might be any number of reasons for our homes to be less than perfect. But if we camp on our imperfections we lose. Our missing guests lose.
Whether we want to admit it or not, in spite of our busyness, most of us live in isolation. No one ever comes to our homes. Disagree with me if you wish….but generally it’s because we don’t think we measure up to some made up standard. Excuses come to the surface like, the rug/carpet needs to be cleaned, the sofa is worn, I’m not a good cook, I can’t afford to buy more food, I’m too busy, my house isn’t big enough, etc., etc..
Excuses! I know…I’ve made more than my share.
I’m reminded of the verse where it says that God looks at our hearts not our outward appearance.
That’s the thing with hospitality. Being hospitable is a heart issue. It’s about blessing others. It isn’t about performance or show. It’s about love. Loving others.
Are you football fan? Invite someone to watch the game with you.
Are you going to eat a meal? Invite someone to eat with you. (And if they ask what to bring…let them bring what works for them…maybe what they were going to serve for that same meal at their house.)
Are you going to go for a hike? Call someone to join you.
Are you going leaf peeping? Invite someone to ride along.
All of these things are better in community.
Analyzing the game is more fun with others, communion is bread broken together…a meal shared, exploring the world is more interesting when you have more eyes to spy the wonders around you.
Who wants a misspent life? Not me. Not you.
Let’s love others with abandon. After all…when it’s all said and done….it’s one of the only two things in life that really matter.
Day 28 Challenge: Do you live life in community? If yes…what’s your motivation? If no….what are your obstacles? You may have a big extended family and do life within your larger community of family. Do you invite others to join your family gatherings? If not…why not? This week…invite someone to join you at your home doing something. No excuses…except if someone has a contagious disease at your house.
Don’t be guilty of leading a ‘misspent life.’ Instead….be..
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