1 Peter 4:9 says, “Show hospitality without grumbling.” This includes grumbling about rethinking the menu or having to find a new dish to fix rather than your “tried and true” recipe. We don’t get to pick and choose who we show hospitality to. When we decide that accommodating food allergies isn’t worth the effort, we say that person or family is not worth the effort.
Connections take effort. Friendships take work. Developing these relationships can be awkward. But, as with many things, the risk is worth it all. But HOW do we start? WHERE do we begin?…Friendships don’t happen overnight. And, unfortunately, sometimes it takes numerous attempts before you find a true friend among the fringe friends. BUT! Just because it may take a while, doesn’t mean the process or attempts are in vain. If nothing else, as we actively seek out friendships, we become bolder and more confident in who we are, and what we have to offer. We learn the things we value in a friendship and we learn how to be more of the type of friend we wish to have.
For me, as an introvert with social anxiety, it makes no sense that I should be pursuing public speaking. It makes no sense that I should be passionate about hospitality. On paper, I should be a hermit probably. If people could see the inner thoughts I have when it comes to put my actions where my words are, they’d probably be astounded I didn’t cancel everything and run away to Barbados…That being said, my social anxiety does not give me a “pass” on hospitality. I don’t ever want my heart rate or sweaty palms serve as an excuse to not lavish love intentionally on the people around me.