Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hospitality

When I think of hospitality I usually think of having people over, being a good host. I admit that I am not very good at this. I have a million excuses not to have people over. I am sure many of you have the same excuses; my house isn't big enough, clean enough etc. I am learning that there are many ways to show hospitality.

One way is to take a meal to others. My mother-in-law has been without a working stove for well over a week. On Sunday it was a dark, rainy day... perfect for a stew to simmer all day. I decided to extend a little bit of hospitality to my mother-in-law.

I sent over a jar of homemade beef stew, fresh from the oven rolls and some cupcakes for dessert.


Saying she was thrilled is an understatement! I would love to hear your ideas on different ways to extend hospitality.

6 comments:

  1. we ignore what the house looks like. most people do not care (really). If they do, they won't accept your invitation the next time (hee, hee). I also implement the "quick clean" strategy. Wipe the bathroom the guests will use down with a baby wipe, throw clutter into a closet or dwarer or my bedroom and come back to it later...and give the house a quick vaccuum (all this takes is about 1/2 hour)..Life is too short to let the cleanliness of your house get in the way of building relationships! (oh, and I need to read my own advice, too!!)
    I think your gesture was SO SWEET!

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  2. This is a very good point. Most people would think of hospitality as having people into their homes, which it can be. However, it's also serving those around you. I read a book a couple of years ago about Biblical hospitality. It was a really good book, I wish that I could remember the title. Oh, well. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I am finally starting to get better at having others over...my dh wanted to be able to just invite anybody over when he felt led too...well, that was hard for me as I felt I couldn't plan the food or make sure the house was semi-clean...so we came up with Crock Pot Sunday...were 1 Sunday a month I make sure the house is clean and there is enough food for guests...it has been working pretty well!
    I also like to take meals to new moms...so many people have done it for me and I try to do it back...great idea with your MIL...I should do this with my parents...I know they would be blessed!
    Thanks!

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  4. Wendi,

    This is so great! Often times we take food and sweets to our local firefighters because they are just down the street to thank them for all they do every day by putting their lives on the line. We also take cookies to the front office staff at our kids school just to say thank you.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  5. What a sweet thing for you to do!

    Hospitality is so important although I tend to make the same excuses that you mentioned. I need to rethink my definition of hospitality - thanks, Wendi.

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  6. I can relate to all the excuses that anyone can devise to limit hospitality, and thus, my workload. For it takes time and effort to extend yourself to others. I find however, that when I do go the extra mile, it’s always well worth the trip!

    I’ve popped over from Pamela’s blog A Shelter Tree as part of a blog Meme “Pay It Forward”, and I’ so glad I did.

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