I have been doing a lot of thinking about hospitality lately and I am trying to take some steps to enable me to be a little more prepared to be hospitable. Books on hospitality are being taken off the shelves where they have probably gotten a little dusty from lack of use (not a good sign), and I am working on my hospitality cupboard. And I am so excited! I was just given a new book on hospitality yesterday! It is just a small little book and I hope to finish reading it today. I wanted to share just a little part from it. The book is called The Hospitality Commands by Alexander Strauch. This is from the last Chapter called “Helpful Hints in Practicing Hospitality“, (The last chapter was one of the first things I read because it was some practical stuff!)
“The belief that hospitality is important and the actual practice of hospitality are two different things.”
“Set a regular time each week or month to invite people to your home. Unless you plan this into your schedule, you may never get past the good-intention level to the implementation level. ”
Reading these things in this book reminded me of something our pastor said. He was talking about our priorities and he said, “priorities are what you do, not what you want to do!”
This is all very encouraging to me because I want to be one who is always ready to be hospitable to others, with no excuses! And it is something that I need to hear! Many times I have good intentions, but if I never get beyond thinking and talking about it and turn that into actually doing it, can it really be that important to me? And what an awesome way hospitality can be used to share the great love the Lord has blessed us with ♥
May you all be blessed today!