I’m so excited to introduce our final guest for Hospitality month, Rachel from Rachel Rewritten! First of all, I’m not sure how I wound up with mostly Southern guests for this month. Believe it or not, it was unintentional. But, they’ve all been great! 🙂 Rachel herself has created an atmosphere on her lovely blog of home, food and letting her guard down. That’s basically what being hospitable is all about! 😉 So, without further ado, here is Rachel…
hospitable is so much more than just opening your door for others to come into
your home, it’s creating an environment of acceptance and love. It’s a way of
life, not an act of service, per se. It’s one of those lessons that you learn by watching and doing, not by talking about it. It goes beyond our homes and into our lives, and is
shown by little acts of kindness that most people wouldn’t notice.
It’s prayer for friends when they need it and when they don’t. It’s taking a
meal to someone who needs it. It’s giving of your time when others need it
more than you do. It’s letting the people in our homes and in our communities know that
they’re important to us and that they are loved.
I type this, so many people come to mind that have taught me this way of life.
Family members, friends, women in my church. I’m overwhelmed with the amount of
people I could list, which just proves that hospitality is a community. But
ultimately, one person stands out more than others. It sounds so cliché, but
it’s my Mammaw. My sweet grandmother, the epitome of hospitality and kindness.
grandmother’s hospitality goes deeper than just welcoming people into her home.
She shows love through her cooking, through her attitude, and through the
welcoming environment she creates throughout her home. I’ve watched her give of
her time, her money, her talents, and her love over and over to help others,
and I don’t think there was ever a moment of hesitation. There was never a time
when she really discussed it with me, it’s just something I learned over time,
over watching her give and love over and over again. Her welcoming heart seems
to come naturally, a gift that she was born with. I know the Lord gives us all
talents to further His Kingdom, and hers is, without a doubt, hospitality.
can remember as a young child always having extra people at our family
Christmas dinners. Couples from church, older, widowed ladies from her Sunday school class, even
people she had only met once or twice. She’d welcome anyone who needed a place
to celebrate the holidays, anyone without a family to be with during Christmas,
or even just someone who needed a warm meal or a bed. Even as a young child, the
importance of that always resonated with me. It’s such a crucial part of the
Christian faith, too—to break down the walls that separate us. To love our
neighbors as ourselves. To give unto the least of these.
As I grow up and as I create a home of my own, those little things she’s taught me have stuck with me. Day by day, I strive to make our home open to the ones we love. Sharing our lives and breaking bread with friends and family is what life is all about, when it comes down to it. My hospitality doesn’t come as easy as my grandmother’s does, though. It’s easy for those I’m close with, but not so easy for strangers or even acquaintances. I long to open the doors of our home for anyone who wants or needs loved on. I’m learning as I go to go against what our culture teaches us – I’m learning to just be open and ready and willing. And over time, I know that the Lord will fill in those blanks and help me to have a more hospitable, willing heart.
Thanks so much for sharing, Rachel! It was a pleasure having you!
Next month, we’re talking about a very important topic for the times in which we live: Courage. I’m so excited for you to meet the ladies who are guest posting. Since there are 5 weeks in the month, we’re actually taking a break from Inspired next week and coming back the following Wednesday. I’ll still be here, though, so make sure you stop by to keep me company! Have a great day! 🙂