In every season of our lives, we can show some form of hospitality. We live in a hurried world and everyone is so busy that we have forgotten the old-fashioned value of being hospitable. I recently shared my thoughts on hospitality and today we will take a look at some simple and easy ways you can show hospitality.
Have you seen images or do you remember the days when the neighbors would gather together on the front porch? Friends would sit on the porch swing, the porch steps, and the children would be out playing games or catching fireflies? I consider myself relatively young (36) but I have gotten to experience that kind of evening. I can tell you that they are truly memorable but we must be intentional about making them happen. Hospitality must be intentional and it is something that we need to think about and make happen so that we form relationships with those around us.
Forget the idea of a huge meal
It isn't always necessary to prepare a huge meal to feed your company. Maybe you don't like to cook or maybe you are on a tight budget, so here are some simple ideas. Often times your guest(s) will ask if they can bring something along and this is the perfect time to allow them to help.
- have an ice cream night and ask your guest to each bring a different topping
- invite a friend over for coffee or go meet a friend for coffee at a local coffee shop
- have a s'smores night
- have a game night with some of your friends and just serve something to drink and desserts
These are just a few ideas where a big meal wouldn't be a priority, yet you are setting aside time to be intentional about serving others.
serve others outside your home
There are many in our neighborhoods who sometimes just need a gentle loving reminder that we care for them. Maybe they aren't able to meet in your home, so go to them.
- Visit the elderly. We have several in our community who aren't able to get out much but they love when we stop by for a visit. Sometimes, we will take walks in the evenings and stop to visit for a few minutes. It means so much to them.
- Take a meal or dessert to a new mom or a mom that you may know is burdened or worn out. It happens to all of us at times and maybe you won't even need to stop for a long visit. Think about dropping off her favorite treat or maybe even a coffee from her favorite local shop.
- Bake cookies to send to your husbands work. The guys at my husbands' job love when I do this and sometimes I even get requests for homemade cinnamon rolls.
There are many ways that you can show hospitality outside of your home. Listen to that still small voice inside of you when it prompts you to show someone that you care about them.
open your home
- Offer to babysit. I truly believe in still dating your spouse even after you are married. Many couples are so busy and don't take the time to go out together. Offer to watch their children so that they can go out and enjoy some time alone.
- Take the children on an outing and offer to take a few extra children with you. Mothers rarely get time alone and I have a dear friend who will do this from time to time. While I don't like the still and quiet of the home for long, I sure appreciate the few hours I get to myself.
- If you have teenagers in the home, invite their friends over. I promise that they aren't as scary as what people say they are. They can get loud and hyper but I would rather they all be at our home, where I know what they are doing and that they are safe.
- Have a game night or an evening where you get together with friends and allow the children to play. It can be refreshing to sit around and visit with other adults.
There are so many ways to show hospitality but I think the most important thing to do is to be mindful of what is going on around us. Sometimes, you will just feel it laid upon your heart to do something for someone or to invite someone over. Do it. Don't ignore that small nudge. Life can get so hard and at times someone just needs you to come along and offer some encouragement. Maybe, you are that person that is being called upon to show hospitality.
Don't wait for your cupboards to be full or your home to be perfect. Offer what you have and simply open your door and your heart to love on those around you.
Is hospitality something that you practice? If so, what are some ways that you show hospitality?