Hospitality When You Don't Like Having People Over

A friend of mine said this to me a couple of weeks ago…

“Ok, talk to me about biblical hospitality and opening up my home. We love going out to eat with people, but we just don’t love the stress of getting the house cleaned up just to have people over. Do we have to invite people to our home??”

The short answer is not really. The long answer is…well, just keep reading :)

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Home Away From Home

This week I’m at one of my favorite places in the world. Mapleridge Ranch is located in the Southern Tier of New York. It’s a summer camp located on over 200 acres and even in the summer the weather is just right! Since our friends run the camp, my husband gets asked to be a speaker once a summer usually. We get to stay in the guest house and the schedule is super relaxed. It feels like home away from home. Our friends perfectly balance giving us the space and freedom to relax and including us in all the opportunities camp provides. The guest house is cozy and warm, the coffee is serve yourself anytime, and naps are always supported! It is the essence of hospitality!

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Hospitality and Food Allergies

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.

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Let's Be Friends

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.

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