Hospitality begins at home.
Before hospitality becomes outward-focused, in showering our kindness on those from outside our home, hospitality must be intentionally inward-focused, showering our family members with love and acceptance.
Hospitality toward others must be built on a foundation of something good you have established in your home. Guests will sense what we are. If we are stressed and fearful about making the physical environment just right, but our family relationships are disregarded and unloving, guests will see that. If my energy is spent on engaging with my family and my goal is loving them, guests will see that. It will make my home a place that they want to be in. People who visit our home should want to be included in what’s already going on
Hospitality is sharing your HOME, not your house. It is sharing your home, that is, sharing the family you have established and lavished your love on along with the place you do that in. Your goal should be to make your home a haven, a place where people are loved, accepted, valued and supported. That is, first to your family members, and very definitely secondly, to those who come into your home.
Your first primary and most important objects of hospitality are those people in your own family. You know, the ones God gave you. The people He planned from the beginning of Creation to be in your family, living their lives next to you day after day. He had reasons for putting these people in your life, and His reasons are always perfect and right.
And since God is the essence of love, and since we are to be like Him…it follows that we ought especially to deliberately love those people.
Sharing Our Home
I believe that God gave me and my husband a home to share. It’s a talent given to us, not to be buried in the ground, but to be invested. We invest our home and family comfort in the people with whom we are seeking to build relationships. Our home and family are gifts not to be hoarded but shared.