If I could go back and change one thing about our home over the past 14 years, it would be this:
I would open our home more often to others.
In the midst of imperfection, messes and clutter – there’s still family and hope. Too often I thought it wasn’t good enough or clean enough to welcome friends in. I thought it would better later. Maybe one day we’d have a house clean enough to have friends over more.
I didn’t host birthday parties because our house was too messy. I didn’t have people over because it was too much work to get ready. I made Brian answer the door and walk outside because no one could DARE walk in this house in those conditions.
14 years later…it’s time to change.
“But entertaining isn’t a sport or a competition. It’s an act of love, if you let it be. You can twist it and turn it into anything you want—a way to show off your house, a way to compete with your friends, a way to earn love and approval. Or you can decide that every time you open your door, it’s an act of love, not performance or competition or striving. You can decide that every time people gather around your table, your goal is nourishment, not neurotic proving. You can decide.”
― Shauna Niequist,
It’s my duty to teach our kids about the hospitality of opening our home to others. Time to let go of the Starr that keeps people away from our beautiful mess.
“Hospitality is the practice of God’s welcome by reaching across difference to participate in God’s actions bringing justice and healing to our world in crisis.”
― Letty M. Russell
Part of our dream is to build a place of gathering. A place of restoration and healing and hope. We don’t have to wait for the property to be built and the grand opening celebration. We can start that NOW!
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. – Hebrews 13:2 NIV
Will you join us? Let’s start a movement of nourishing hospitality in our homes.
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