My guess is that a variety of things pass through our minds when we hear the word “hospitality”. Perhaps your first thought is of making everything clean, tidy, and arranged “just so”. Perhaps you think of large meals or parties. Perhaps you think of long to-do lists that have no end. Perhaps you think of a special team or committee at your church with that job.
The past month and a half, in conjunction with the past four years, has drastically changed the way I think about hospitality. For a “vagabond” away from home, the greatest gift I could receive was to be welcomed into people’s homes and into their lives. People have apologized to me before for having to run errands with them or see their house a mess, but it is a gift to live “real life” with them. I have been richly blessed to receive the hospitality of many over the past few months and years and I pray that I would be as hospitable to others as the hospitality I have received.
I’ve been asked what my favorite part of my trip was. By far, it was getting to share meals and life with all those I had the blessing of seeing. Hospitality mixed with fellowship is a rich blessing. Do not fear that your house may not be the cleanest or you have little to offer. Welcoming others into your home and life with Christian love can be the greatest gift of all.