As a child, I was fortunate to be able to learn from everyone around me how to be hospitable. I learned quickly from the amazing adults around me that hospitality is love. Here are some treasured thoughts about hospitality they taught me.
Keep it creative. Creativity does not come to us when we are stressed. It is good to take breaks. If you watch closely, you will see that creative thoughts come flooding when we are well rested and peaceful. Take a deep breathe. Ask God to calm you. Breathe in his love. No, really, take in a deep breath and smile. He loves you and he wants you to be well rested. You know how grumpy you get when things are too busy? That’s not God-driven so kick back once and awhile.
Keep it real. From an extremely tall guest forgetting the lock combination climbing through the window, to fresh from the oven quiche falling on the floor, sometimes we just cannot control the surprises that come our way. So often love is carried by the wings of laughter and humility. When we are able to be real, we give our guests the gift of being okay when they too make mistakes. How lovely and humbling that over and over again, we have the opportunity to help those who have lost their laughter to find it again in one glorious, silly, unexpected moment.
Keep it about love. Do things with love and you will never go wrong in showing others Jesus. Sometimes while we are busy loving others, we get caught up in the distraction of trying to fix them instead. Thankfully, God never intended for us to fix them. He just asked us to love them and show them the truth he gave.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
I Corinthians 13:4-7
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tastehope.com, as well as hosting guests at her inn, The Old Hen Bed & Breakfast in Snoqualmie Valley, Washington.