Friday, March 28, 2008

Hospitality & Family

I'm reading Practicing Hospitality: The Joy of Serving Others at the moment. It's full of gems and insight. Here's a few words that have challenged me.
While the ministry of hospitality often focuses on those outside our home, it should begin within our home. If this occurs, generosity and kindness extended to others become an extension of our family hospitality...

If the Lord has given us a family, extending hospitality to our family is our first priority.. Hospitality towards others then becomes a natural ouworking or extension of what we are already practicing within our own homes.
Why is this important? The authors, Pat Ennis & Lisa Tatlock explain:
  • For the sake of our integrity. Neglecting to extend hospitality to our family can result in violating our God-given priorities-loving our husbands and children....To model hospitality to the world and neglect to practice it in our own home is hypocrisy, and our integrity is compromised.
  • For the sake of our children. Neglecting to include our children in hospitality opportunities might create resentment in them. If our children feel unloved, abandoned, or ignored while we diligently extend hospitality to friends and strangers, we have opened the door for developing bitterness and animosity toward hospitality in our children...How tragic for our children to loathe hospitality because they have felt a lack of care while we ministered to others.
  • For the sake of the gospel. Neglecting to extend hospitality to our family can discredit our witness....The manner in which we serve and love our family should reflect the transforming power of the gospel in our own life.

2 comments:

mummymac (Elaine) said...

Thanks for your comments on this book, it's not one I'm familiar with. It certainly seems to come at the topic of hospitality from a different angle.

I've recently read Alexander Strauch's book The Hospitality Commands and being the first book I've read on the subject, it has opened up a few questions for me.

I'm dealing with some of them over at my blog if you would have time to take part in the discussion. I would be interest to know what your book has to say on issues that Strauch's is silent on.

Many thanks for a God honouring blog and greetings from Northern Ireland.

Catherine said...

I've been reading this book over the past few weeks (as I grab a free moment or two). My husband brought it home from John MacArthur's Shepherd's Conference and I have so enjoyed it! It has been a wonderful resource so far. Lydia Brownbeck also had a great post on her blog about a hospitable friend and how this lady has influenced her own habits. She writes the Purple Cellar blog: http://purplecellar.blogspot.com/
Enjoy!