Dear Fam, In Romans 12:12-13 it says “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to Hospitality.
I think it’s safe to say when people hear the word “Hospitality” they either cringe or embrace it. They may get inspired...think about the next gathering and ways they’re going to make guests feel welcome and special or some will look to run from the sound of this word!
As we all know...during this time of Covid, the social gathering/hospitality muscle hasn’t been able to be exercised as much as some of us would like.
But...there is hope!!! Although, we may not be able to practice the literal term of the word we are looking to visit the figurative term. We are targeting the Spirit of Hospitality! You can still be hospitable in the way that you are. You can essentially be a “Home” for people. It may look like being a listening ear for a friend. Sending a personalized care package to someone who needs a pick-me-up. One of my favorites...a hand written sentiment. Maybe offering to make or bring a meal to a friend in need of extra help during this season.
Be Hospitable to yourself!
As good as it is to think of everyone else around you...you can’t be helpful to anyone if you don’t fuel yourself first. We must keep in mind that doing things that refresh and restore our soul is good house keeping. Keeping tidy may look differently for everyone. But, I implore you to remember to reset yourself after pouring out.
Here are a few ways I refresh:
Going for a hike/walk
Listening to music
Go ahead now...write your list! :-)We would love to hear what you do to refuel! Please let us know in the comments below.
Lastly, whether hospitality is your thing or not; we’re here to encourage you to get creative during this season and occupy your time with making others and yourself feel welcome and loved even from a distance.
Warm Wishes and Loads of Love,
Janna & Jared