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Show Hospitality - Issue 126
November 06, 2009
Hi there! ....

This week has been a week of coasting. On the one hand we needed a slower pace and yet on the other hand we missed opportunities. A few things that I’ll work on over the weekend to ensure that we don’t continue to coast next week:

  • Menu Plan I want to increase the salad component of our evening meals – so salads play a major role and the meat plays a minor role. This means I need to find some interesting salad combinations.
  • Declutter my office As I sit at the moment paper piles are around me, this makes for really unproductive office/writing time. I also have one major project that needs to be completed in the office.
  • Lesson plan Though I don’t plan intricate lesson plans, I do like to know what general topics I want to cover and what output I will expect of my children.

How did your last week go? What needs to be tweaked? What needs to be celebrated?

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Show Hospitality

When I was in my early 20’s I had an opportunity to learn from two women who were known for their hospitality. I remember one of them being very particular about manners – she said, “You never know where you are going to end up!” So practicing manners was important to her. One of the things I remember about the other lady was resourcefulness. It was important to her that the young ladies she taught realised that you wouldn’t always have fine china and matching crystal – but hospitality was more than the china – it was sharing your time together, even when you used mix-matched china or paper plates.

These ladies, along side of my mother have influenced me when it comes to hospitality. I remember our home being full of other people. We would squeeze around the table for a meal or fill the lounge room for Bible Study or head bush together for a campfire breakfast. I remember having big bake days so we would have stores for coming visitors. And I remember my mum, always cleaning the floor when visitors left – no matter what time of the night!!

These memories have had their mark on my thinking. Remember it is our beliefs that direct our actions – and I grew up believing that hospitality was important and it was doable. What beliefs are we passing onto our children?

Character First defines hospitality as:

Cheerfully sharing food, shelter,
and friendship with others.

Are we modelling this virtue to our children, and are we giving them the skills so that they can carry on such a family tradition. What are the skills of hospitality?

  1. Manners
  2. Conversation skills
  3. Ability to create an atmosphere of welcome
  4. But most of all we need to teach our children that hospitality is about relationships, it is not about material possessions. (This is especially important because the media around us tells us it is about flash food and modern decorations.) We need to develop hearts that are willing to meet the needs of others.

Hospitality isn’t just about sharing our food, shelter and friendships with others it is about doing it cheerfully, without resentment, without keeping tally of favours; doing it as to the Lord. When we have this attitude we will look forward to times spent in fellowship. We will seek such opportunities. This cheerfulness attitude is what will shape your children’s attitude towards hospitality.

So now is a good time for an attitude check – do you have people around because it is expected, a duty, or do you love to bless others? How do your children perceive it?

Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
1 Peter 4:9

The things that our children participate in now in their childhood will establish patterns for the rest of their life. Are we establishing patterns of hospitality?

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Belinda Letchford
Living life with her kids in Australia!

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