The moment I feel like I deserve “me time” because of all I’ve done this week, my perspective has shifted and my motives have become selfish. I don’t have it down, and likely never will. However, it’s critical for me that I don’t ever allow my selfish thoughts of “but I’ve already done X,Y, & Z this week” to give me an excuse to pass up opportunities for hospitality.
While anyone could make a case for Christmas being a time of year for people to be the most welcoming and willing to engage with others, I argue that Halloween is actually the greatest opportunity for hospitality…No other day of the year is it completely acceptable to encourage your children to go door-to-door and ask for candy. There is no other day of the year that the nation, as a whole, purposefully leaves their home to visit strangers! Halloween is a phenomenal opportunity to practice the original, biblical translation of hospitality which is that of “guest-friendship” and “love to strangers"!!
I see all the planting I’ve done. I see all the watering that I’ve taken the time to do. But it isn’t about me at all. My kids aren’t about me. My passion for hospitality isn’t about me. My love for speaking, and writing isn’t about me. The number of likes and shares doesn’t define my success. Whether or not my son knows lots of Bible verses or my daughter sings “Jesus loves me” doesn’t define true growth.