Extravagant Hospitality: A 2010 Goal!
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Happy New Year, RE friends! I can’t believe it’s 2010. Eighteen years ago when my son Elliot was born, I figured out that he would be graduating high school in 2010. I thought the year would never come. But it has.
Beth Moore says: “Babies die without it. Children must have it. Youth plead for it. Adults search for it. We’ll only find real freedom in the love that will not fail or go away. The key to peace can only be found in such a love. God’s unfailing love.”
Thinking ahead to 2010 and becoming a more hospitable person, I see where I just need more love. We cannot be without it. We relish love. We get it and connect with it. And once we count on it, if it’s taken away, we lose our joy and peace! I see where love, joy, and peace go hand in hand, but it starts with love.
I feel loving when: I’m cooking in my kitchen, or sitting down at a table with family or friends. When I’m holding a baby or I’m sitting in a wedding. Love comes through hugs and kisses, date nights with my husband and special times with my kids. Love comes through meaningful words, reading, or my quiet time. It comes through inspiration, beauty, sunshine. It comes when my heart feels at peace and I know things are right with God. It comes through conversations with people – through connection and giving our lives away.
Eph. 5 says … Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. (The Message)
Love doesn’t come when I’m overly busy or I’m not thinking about others first or I’m scurrying around. I don’t usually feel love when things are loud or noisy. I don’t feel it when I’m uptight, there’s tension, or when things are out of control.
In 2010 I’m inspired to become a more hospitable person by meditating on God’s Word and learning more to “love like that.”
1. Fill myself up with God’s love
2. Don’t look for the approval of others
3. Turn around and learn to give love back
4. Practice a simple approach to hospitality, that’s extravagant in love!
I figure if I live by these principles, it’s a recipe that is bound to be delicious!
I’d love to hear your goals or thoughts for 2010 when it comes to hospitality?
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