"Supply the needs of the saints. Extend hospitality to strangers". --Romans 12:13 (NIV)
I've never seen myself as someone who was into showing "hospitality".
The word made me anxious.
I felt quite shy to invite others over (what would we talk about for an hour or more?) and I wasn't sure others would like my food (I didn't always like my culinary experiments all that much either).
Being "hospitalible" just didn't seem to be "me".
But I think God had other plans for me, because after university, my roommate was really into hospitality. She was always welcoming new people, inviting them to her home for parties and get-togethers, getting lots of food ready, and asking questions about people's lives to draw them into interesting conversations.
This friend helped a lot in breaking my intimidation of inviting people over.
I also saw how my friend's inviting nature helped so many people--including myself--leave the loneliness of being in a new city as she got to know people and introduced her other friends to them as well.
Newcomers, including myself, went from having few friends, to suddenly having a group of people to enjoy life with!
Over time, I got more and more used to the idea of hospitality, and now that I'm married to a guy who loves to cook and is happy for me to invite people over, I've found that this has become more and more my way of life--adding so much to my own life and that of my family.
Best of all, it's become a way to really reach people for Christ--to help people feel welcome and cared for and to get to know some Christians up close.
It's become fun, too!
Maybe you don't think hospitality is much for you, either.
But I want to encougae you to watch the short video below. It's by Rosaria Butterfield who wrote the book, "The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World"
Perhaps it will convince you that you, too, can be a person of hospitality--in your own unique way.
(By the way, I don't want to scare you off with her last statement. This isn't meant to put a guilt-trip on us. It's just meant to show us the importance of reaching out to people--including International Students-- that will bless them so much ...and ourselves as well!)
Click here for the video: https://vimeo.com/255598245
Next post, I'll give some tips on how to show hospitality, whether you see yourself as having the "gift of hospitality" or not. :)
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