Dinner time…. it comes every day and sometimes it still catches me off guard! Maybe it has been a really busy day or maybe it is just because I have a lack of planning when it comes to meals. Either way, I find myself scrounging in the cupboards looking for something to make! As much as I would love to be a consistent meal planner, so often I am not and instead I rely on what is in my pantry to give me an idea!
When it comes to hosting people in our homes, it is a wise idea to not let dinner take us off guard!
Now that we have come full circle, learning that our homes do not have to be perfect in order to be hospitable and that God wants us to be hospitable to more than just those within our close circle of friends and family, where do we go from here?
I simply want to share with you a game plan so the next time we sense the Holy Spirit prompting us to open our door and welcome in new people, we will not be tempted to say no!
First, make an attempt to keep the house somewhat picked up and clean on a regular basis. Okay, don’t panic! I have a two year old in my house, I know a tidy home is not always possible! I have had unplanned company arrive at my doorstep and they have seen the toys on the floor, the counter tops covered in crumbs from lunch time, and dust on my bookshelf! However, I have found that if I try to keep my home clean on a regular basis, it won’t be quite so overwhelming when company is coming! I won’t feel like I have to clean the entire house top to bottom and run a white glove over my surfaces. When company is coming, a light cleaning does the trick and if I don’t get to those dusty surfaces, it’s really going to be okay! Dust is just a part of life.
Second, plan a meal you have already made previously and know is delicious and even family friendly. The night company comes is not the night to try a new dinner or dessert idea you found on Pinterest! Cobblers and I do not go together well. I remember one evening as a young bride I tried my hand at a peach cobbler to serve for dessert with my in-laws. Something went very very wrong with that cobbler. It looked so pretty, and I served it to my new husband and his parents and as I sat down and stuck my fork into my own helping, oh it was awful! It was worse than awful, it was downright horrible! My charming husband gracefully took bite after bite in an effort to spare my feelings, and my in-laws were so very gracious. Not one unkind comment was made, but I was mortified! My beautiful cobbler tasted like glue! I quickly learned my lesson! When having company, stick with a tried and true recipe that you know how to fix. It will spare much potential embarrassment!
Third, simply enjoy your company. We shouldn’t be more consumed with having a perfect home and a five star meal than we are sharing God’s love with those around our table. Let the cares of the day fall to the floor and ask God to use you to minister to those in your home. Life can be tough sometimes, our days can be stressful, our schedules tight, but taking the time to enjoy the company of others is often so needed. We need each each others encouragement and fellowship and if we overwhelm ourselves with things that don’t really matter much anyway, we will miss out on wonderful blessing of getting to know others!
As we wrap up this series, let’s make a commitment to become more hospitable to others. The next time the opportunity presents itself to be hospitable, let’s accept it with open arms! Let’s not stress out about the condition of our home, let’s step outside of our comfort zones, and enjoy the fellowship!
Proverbs 3:27-28 says, “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.”
God has blessed us with so much, let’s seek to be a blessing to others!
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