Thoughts on “Time” and Tomatillo Avocado Dip
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Since our recent trip to Africa, the sensitive subject of “time” has been heavy on my heart.
I’ve found myself stopping what I’m doing, weighing if it’s “worth my time,” sometimes quickly changing my path.
Time was a big factor to my husband and me in Africa. It was constantly on the tip of our tongues, because we’re used to a snappy, productive schedule at home.
It drove us crazy at first, how slow everything moved. When they said they were coming at 9 am, it would be 10 am, and so much time was wasted just sitting around.
But then, we got used to it.
And started talking more about it.
It, being the “hush-hush” word—Time.
Time for guests.
Most of our friends know that we make “time” to have people into our home. We enjoy it, we feel it’s important for us, connecting with others, and showing our kids how hospitality happens. We take it very seriously. In a way, it’s how we learn and grow, by being with kingdom-minded friends.
We want to freely enjoy the abundant gifts that we’ve been given through meals, family, and friendship, so we never want to take this for granted.
We may be selective who we invite over. I guess you’d call it “intentional hospitality,” because we don’t want to waste time. We want to have people over who are big-minded, interested in a communal life that exhibits radical hospitality and friendship, and can help us to become better people. I think many of our friends who reciprocate hospitality feel the same way.
Noble and good.
For most of us, our work in this world is noble and good, but only when placed in proper perspective.
I’ve decided to write more about hospitality, because it really is the mission of my blog. Yes, I love food, and there will be lots of recipes, but I want to help inspire people to get over themselves and to see what they are really missing out on.
Hospitality in Africa.
We lived and breathed hospitality these past few weeks in Africa. People who had hardly anything, sacrificed to cook a delicious meal for us night after night, stopped and talked to their neighbors on the dusty streets, drove 7 hours from Uganda to hear Paul talk more about his mission and help with bullying in schools, stopped and bought bottled water for us regularly, made sure that we had everything we needed.
Their posture on time oriented them toward grace and rest; toward happiness and contentment. They carved out time for people.
My husband and I talked and noticed that in the States, we Americans tend to posture time toward self-effort and exhaustion. It’s just not right.
We hear it all the time: There’s just no time.
A genesis rhythm.
We need to bring hospitality back and get into a genesis rhythm.
I don’t mean to sound rigid, but on the other hand, I really think we’re missing out, and I worry about the next generation being brought up not having a clue that inviting people into your home requires sacrifice! They think it’s as easy as seeing it on TV or in a magazine, and when they try it, it’s exhausting and takes money and work. So then they decide to not do it anymore.
Time is key in our lives. When we say “we don’t have time,” I think something is wrong.
Finding the right friends.
I really want to encourage you today to find a group of friends that you can eat and enjoy a meal with. It is important that you enjoy each other’s company and that you “click,” and learn from each other. It’s important to spend time with the right people. Some people may not be right (negative, bring you down, want to talk about themselves, want to only tell their own stories, boring, not going anywhere in life). Find a group of friends who bring you up!
Tomatillas in the garden.
Last week we picked tomatillos from our garden. It’s our first year to grow them and I had no idea they were so sticky inside that little husk. :)
I whipped up this delicious dip, served it with Trader Joe’s white tortilla chips, and we sat on the back patio with a bottle of wine, enjoying our friends, catching up on life, talking about real things.
Do you struggle with being too busy to invite others over for a meal?
Tomatillo Avocado Dip
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