When you hear the word hospitality, what do you think of?
The hotel industry? A fancy meal requiring a lot of work? Women folding napkins?
Hospitality is so much more than this. We need a new word to capture the power and potency of this impactful practice. Or we need to have an understanding that hospitality goes way beyond just a meal. True hospitality is generous living.
It could look like this. (Please add your ideas in the comments below):
- Parking further from the entrance at an event, so those with young children and the elderly don’t have to walk so far.
- Offering to drive on a youth group outing so that you can build relationship with teenagers who may need another responsible adult in their life.
- Mowing your neighbor’s lawn when you notice that they are away.
- Inviting the awkward colleague at work to eat with you at lunch time.
- Choosing as a family to cut down on restaurant meals eaten so that you can donate to a worthy charity.
- Being more intentional about contacting your elderly parents and spending relaxed time with them beyond just the obligatory get-togethers.
- Keeping a box of notecards handy and sending at least two cards a week to brighten someone's day.
- Having what my daughter calls a “Sunday Funday” where you invite people who may need community to come and relax, play games, and chill together.
- Planning ahead and inviting foreigners or international students to be part of special occasions such as Thanksgiving or New Year’s Eve dinner.
- Learning and growing in your ability to open your heart and home to others on a regular basis. (It is my passion to teach people to do this, so please sign up for our Heartistry newsletters to receive regular inspiration and instruction.)
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