Hospitality is the word of the week over at Miss Kate’s. Come join us won’t you?
I am always amazed at people who can anticipate needs before they are even known. That is how I see the gift that showing hospitality is.
I know that everyone is responsible for all the gifts. God grants them to some believers as gifts, abilities that naturally flow out of the abundance of goodness he gives us. But just because some are granted a gift doesn’t mean that the rest of us can ignore them. They are all fruits of the spirit. They are all part of us in one measure or other.
So here I am… able to welcome people into my home but having to stop and think my way through what I need to do.
- offer coffee or a drink.
- have a treat on hand.
- clean the house (or at least make the effort)
- a place to sit
- and the list goes on.
Hospitality doesn’t flow naturally out of me.
I go and visit my sister and this gift seems to flow out of her seamlessly. She’s learned well this art of meeting the needs of those visiting. Conversation is a given on a variety of topics. I’ve visited with members of our church and observed Mrs. S do the same. Comfortable, feel at home, meet your needs and conversation as naturally as breathing.
I talk myself through everything and limit the people who come into my house by request. People who just stop in have to take me as I am. 🙂 Outside my home I have no problems. I think less about offering to help or meet a need or offer support. Yet here, maybe hospitality?
I find it odd.
This dichotomy. The having to think it think it so much when people are over, yet if I am out visiting, helping, listening, providing comes naturally.
What makes the difference?