Friday, March 26, 2010

Hospitality Challenge, Week 3

by Carrie

Hopefully by now you are kind of getting into the swing of thinking more about how you might be best equipped and called to offer hospitality to others. As a reminder, the goal of these weekly hospitality challenges is simply to get you in the habit of extending fellowship and care to others. It's just like changing your food habits. You have to try something new, and leave something old behind on a weekly basis until you've radically changed the way that you eat! If you want to purpose to offer hospitality to others - you've got to practice it! You have to set aside your old feelings about it and purpose to pursue it for the glory of God and the blessing of others. These Friday challenges are designed to help you flex what are, perhaps, poorly used hospitality muscles.

Today it's about giving someone else your TIME. In America, one way we typically fellowship with other people is over a cup of coffee. Perhaps you prefer a glass of lemonade, tea or even a nice cold can of Coke? It's all good!

This week our challenge to you is to invite a friend over to your home for a beverage and some good conversation. Or, if you desire, meet up at Starbucks or a restaurant that offers free refills on drinks! There are all sorts of options.

The only decision you have to make is to decide to overcome any obstacles in doing this.

* Have kids and no sitter? Ask your friend to come over during nap time. (THAT would be a huge sacrifice for me because I use nap time to catch up on housework or sleep!)

* Too much to do this week and no time for friends? Make some time, even if it's just 45 minutes at Starbucks. Chances are - you'll both walk away encouraged by your time together - even if it's brief.

* No friend to do this with? Well, aren't you lucky! You have the ability and opportunity to make a new friend by taking an acquaintance out for tea or coffee!

That's it for this week. Just one thing. Connect with someone to share fellowship and encouragement and if it's possible and within your budget - treat them to the drink.

Make it fun!

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you." John 15:12-15

1 comment:

  1. I love this. I just love having friends over. Right now we're living in our newly-bought fixer-uper and we don't have a kitchen.... so we've decided to reinvent a bit: we do take out together at our home!

    Some friends were in town from Chicago last night, so they came by: there's a great up-scale pizza place we took-out from. The baby was asleep already by the time they made it over, so that was easy.
    This morning a friend popped by and I gave her coffee while the baby took her morning nap (9am).
    And tonight we have another friend from out-of-town who is in our area and wants to meet the baby, so we'll take out together again!

    Friends are fun. And I love knowing that when we give our TIME it is never wasted or spent... it is invested! And in such an enjoyable way! What can be better than hanging out with a friend?