From time to time I find it necessary to remind myself (and my readers) that although I post lots of recipes and entertaining ideas, that the mission of this blog is to increase service to others. There’s no reason to cook these fabulous meals or to beautifully decorate your home and not share it with others. Hospitality is truly the gift that keeps giving. So here are some ways to ensure that you are sharing the gift of hospitality with others.
Invite Others into Your Home
Your home is an expression of who you are. There’s an expression that says, “You never really know a person until you have seen their home.” Your house may be humble or it may be grand, but your home is what you infuse into it. What does your home say about you? Are you friendly, inviting, imaginative, quiet, artistic? One of the ways I can tell if a person truly is hospitable is how others feel when they visit a home. Are they restless? Listen, if it takes a long time to get them to say “goodbye”, then you know you’ve made them feel welcome. People are often reluctant to leave a place were they feel surrounded by calm, warmth, love, and contentment. Ultimately, your home should be a blessing to others besides yourself.
Yes, that frankincense. One of the gifts presented to baby Jesus. Frankincense is an incense and ingredient used in sacred anointing oil. It was considered very valuable in biblical times. Just as frankincense represents sacrifice, it also represents sacrificial and selflessness. By burning frankincense you set the tone for service to others. And you even cleanse the air. Pick up some frankincense from your local bontanica or herb shop.
Cook for Others in YOUR Home
There’s something beautiful that happens when you serve someone food that you prepared (made) with your own hands. Not food that you purchased and reheated or placed on a platter, but food that you prepared. it is not just an expression of servanthood, but it is an impartation of your spirit to theirs. Trust me, people are aware of the effort taken to do something special, such as preparing a meal, for them. For those interested, there’s a great book entitled God Is in the Kitchen Too (2003) by P. Bunny Wilson.
Set Your Table
By setting your kitchen or dining room table, you are making your home look inviting to guests. Remember, the dinner table is a place of offering, communion (let that marinate), and fellowship. It is through fellowship that we get to know each other better. You know, I think that fellowship over a meal is one way to become intimate with someone you love or are romantically interested in. Intimacy is definitely deepened over a meal. You may also experience heartfelt emotions, growth through conversation, and even find new commitments made.
WHAT ARE SOME WAYS THAT YOU EXPRESS HOSPITALITY IN YOUR HOME?