Hospitality Serves the Giver & Receiver
Hospitality helps us strengthen relationships and form new bonds, even with those of differing beliefs.
The quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, and generous way.
I like this definition. It confirms that hospitality is a matter of the heart and taking actions that make us feel welcome. It is a deep and profound experience for both the giver and receiver.
Hospitality Can Both Bless & Energize You
Recently I had a business meeting with a client of mine, Katie Robertson. She has started a great ministry called The Anchor Gathering. It was a four-hour meeting with Katie and her Board Chair. I arrived at 12:00 pm.
I also know Katie’s husband, Ron, through our mutual love for Young Life. After our meeting, Ron took me over to another friend's house on the water to have a beer and smoke a cigar. Then we went back to Ron and Katie’s for a great BBQ salmon dinner. I left around 9:00 pm.
I can not fit in the details of how special every hour of this day was for me. I went thinking I was going to serve them and I ended up feeling so blessed and energized. That is real hospitality!
Google The Anchor Gathering. Their mission is to help women through amazing hospitality and a message of hope! You can find them at: www.theanchorgathering.com.
5 Practical Hints About Hospitality
Here are a few practical hints on how to be hospitable from the Bible. I like to make these letters practical. The reason I keep them short is so you can apply them in your everyday life.
1. Never grumble.
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
2. Make it a habit. You will get better with practice.
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
3. Don’t just be hospitable to your family and friends.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
4. Hospitality leads to collaboration between people with differing views.
We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.
5. Seeing is different from looking at someone.
And perhaps this one is the most important part. “See the people in your presence”. It helps me because this saying is stuck in my mind and heart. Truly connecting with others in a deeply personal way will bring you many blessings and much joy! Make it happen.
I am going to talk more about seeing others soon. See you then.