A Lesson in Hospitality
As I entered the coffee shop to attend my weekly Bible study, little did I know God had someone special waiting for me. I scanned the table filled with women eager to learn, I locked eyes with a new visitor. As the leader shared insights from God’s Word, I couldn’t concentrate because I sensed the new woman harbored many hurts and wounds. I offered her a seat at a nearby table where we spoke for a few more minutes. Eventually, I watched her leave, her face etched in my heart and mind. Since that day, I’ve met with her several times. She’s shared some of her deepest struggles, and we’ve built a relationship on trust and intimacy simply because I offered her a seat at my table and took a moment to invest in her life. My offering space at my table provided the gateway to an authentic relationship.
As Christians, we welcome friends into our homes, offer meals and perhaps a place to stay. We display hospitality in a way that promotes comfort and peace and invite others into our familiar territory. That’s hospitality, isn’t it?
Or is it?
To decide if you practice hospitality, consider the following questions:
- Is hospitality more than just inviting friends into my home?
- Is it possible to exhibit hospitality anytime, anywhere?
- Is hospitality something I do or something I am?
- Is receiving hospitality as important as displaying it?
- What if I embodied a life of hospitality, rather than cramming it into my already overbooked schedule?
Hospitality means allowing others to meet your needs and out of that gratitude, meeting the needs of those around you.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor’s wife and mother. She also teaches writers’ workshops for various places such as the Montrose Christian Writers conference. She is a member of the Christian Author’s Network and Advanced Writers’ and speakers Association. For more info, please visit her website at www.michellelazurek.com