My desire now that I have a home of my own is that it is a welcoming place. Not one that is sterile and lifeless. One that is comfortable and happy. One that others feel when they come in that they can sit and enjoy and be at peace. To have a cup of coffee with us or stay for dinner or just hang out and talk.
I adore having people over and once the house is finished, I hope to be able to do that more. As a Christian, I believe the Lord wants us to be hospitable.
In 1 Peter 4:8-11, the Bible says:
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
One of the greatest compliments I have ever received was something like this... "Chas, I feel at home in your home... it is so inviting and happy."
I felt honored to have this said.
I also know that it has a lot to do with our attitude! Our homes can be as beautiful as we please, and if our attitude is sour about things being messed up or out of order after we have company, then we have lost our main focus.
I hope this inspires you to open your home to others more. I know I often have good intentions, but I fall through waiting for this to be right or that to be done. Truly, I think it is more about just enjoying others company rather than having your ducks in a row, so to speak. Because if you are like me, it could be a really, really long time before that happens.
Have a great day.