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One of the great perks of growing up in an Italian home is the food.  Most people know Italians love to eat, but there is more to it than that.  Italians love the fellowship and will spend hours enjoying each others company.  We want to really get to know you and for you to know us.

Did you know that most people’s favorite restaurant choice is Italian?  I find it is more than just the great food, it is the atmosphere.  It is the hospitality.  Italian restaurants try to create a welcoming feeling.  They want you to feel like you are in someone’s home, like you are with family.

That kind of hospitality that I learned growing up in an Italian home is encouraged throughout Scripture.  From the Shunamite woman (2 Kings 4:8-10) who provided meals and eventually a room for the prophet Elisha, to Jesus Christ Himself, we see that hospitality holds an important role in a person’s spiritual life.

“For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat,

I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink,

I was a stranger and you invited Me in…

Whatever you did for one of the least

of these brothers of mine, 

you did for Me.”

Matthew 25:35 and 40

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What is the secret to being hospitable?

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interest of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

Opening your home up to others is a form of putting them above yourself, your food, your possessions. Nothing is more important than making that person or persons feel welcomed and loved.
~Greet them at the door with a hand shake or hug.
~Make your home theirs for the time they are over.
~Love people enough to want to hear “their story” and listen to them.

As Christians we have a wonderful opportunity to show God’s love through hospitality. Loving people gives us the chance to serve and make a connection with them. As Christians there are so many people that will see God’s love through us in our homes. All we need to do is invite them in.

As some of you are reading this blog I can imagine that opening up your home can cause great stress. Is it clean enough? What will I cook? Do they have kids? Or so and so is better at it then I am, it’s really not my gift. The sad thing about this thinking is you will miss a great blessing. May I suggest some options of hospitality that are a little “out of the box” : take the pressure off hosting in your home. Try going out at a local restaurant, or maybe an ice cream parlor or your favorite coffee house. The beauty of hospitality is it doesn’t just have to happen inside your home. My belief is the fact that hospitality is more about the relationship then the location. Our desire should be to “love” on others; this is hospitality in action. Taking time to invest in others and putting others above yourself is an example of our Saviour. Using hospitality to encourage or bring others into the faith is the greatest reward this side of heaven.

Let me end with Webster’s Definition: HOSPITALITY is the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers; the quality or
disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly,and
generous way.

Join this adventure of having relationships with people. Let’s open our lives and hearts to welcome others in, with the hope that if they don’t know Jesus they will see him in us. You can do it!

We want you to join the conversation and leave ideas about ways you have learned to be hospitable with your neighbors down the street and all around you.  Perhaps you can leave tips about entertaining young families, or organizing a game night for couples, or a success story of when you invited people over…we would love to hear it so leave a comment.

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