Thursday, November 11, 2010

Snubbed Hospitality

Have you ever extended an invitation to someone, inviting them to come into your home, only to have your invitation politely (or sometimes, not so politely) declined over and over and OVER again? "Please, so-and-so, we would love to have you and your family over for dinner. Let us know when is a good time for you."


And then they never get back to you ...

You sit in your home and wonder why people will not agree to allow you to show them hospitality. I'm not speaking from experience or anything (cough cough) but I do know that the sting of being rejected by someone is enough to make us recoil and think to ourselves, "Okay, I stuck myself out there and invited those people into my home and they spit on my efforts. I'm done with them. I'm not inviting anyone else into my home."

Friends, please let me encourage you today that this attitude is not a Christ-like one. We are not called to be hospitable only to those who appreciate our hospitality. That is a hard pill to swallow sometimes. Our pride often does not allow us to ask again. It says, "You were rejected once. Protect yourself from rejection again." I wonder how many times we miss out on a great blessing because we refuse to obey the call for hospitality regardless of other's reactions to us.
May I encourage you all today to pursue hospitality with reckless abandon. Put yourself in positions to be able to show hospitality.
- Have a few extra meals in the freezer for when you feel the need to take someone a meal.
- Also (and this is sort of common sense after what I just said), TAKE SOMEONE A MEAL! It's amazing what a hot meal can do in terms of relieving the stress of what you are feeding your family for dinner.
- Invest in pieces that are useful for entertaining. This might be enough place settings for a large number of people, or enough paper plates to feed a crowd. Do what you can afford.
- Spend some time planning thoughtful gatherings. Spontaneous gatherings are good too, but purposefully inviting people into your home for a specific purpose (prayer, Bible study, etc.) is one of the greatest blessings to you as well as the people you invite into your home.

Those are just some of my ideas for hospitality even when you must pursue it in spite of those who reject it. Thanks for stopping by today!



2 comments:

  1. dude, the next time i'm anywhere NEAR oswego, i'm crashing your place. then you'll have to write a blog about how to get rid of obnoxious houseguests. mwahahahahahaaaa....

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  2. "I wonder how many times we miss out on a great blessing because we refuse to obey the call for hospitality regardless of other's reactions to us.
    *May I encourage you all today to pursue hospitality with reckless abandon.* Put yourself in positions to be able to show hospitality." <-LOVE IT

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