Over the weekend I spent time with my cousin. At first sight we seem like an odd pair. After all she’s the same age as my grandmother. However, we’ve been good friends for over a decade.
My cousin Hazel has the gift of hospitality. She instantly makes you feel comfortable in her presence. When you enter her home you know to make yourself right at home. When I get thirsty I know I’m welcome to open the cabinet, take a glass out, and fill it with ice and water. She wants everyone that enters her home to feel welcome and loved. She always has some type of food and desert to serve her visitors, even the unexpected ones. She’s a natural extrovert and never meets a stranger. In all the years we’ve been friends I’ve never heard her say a bad word about anyone.
We all have our own gifts and talents. While I try to make people feel welcome, I know that I fail miserably compared to my dear cousin. Hospitality is a natural gift with which she’s been blessed.
Spending time with my cousin is a reminder that we should all strive to be more hospitable to one another. How often do we mouth off and say a bad word about someone? When people come to visit you do you make them feel welcome or in the way?
1 Peter 4:9-10 says “Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (KJV)
How do you make others feel? How can you be more hospitable to others?