Do you have the "gift" of hospitality?
I honestly don't think I do. But, what I do have is the love of fellowship and sometimes that means you have to be hospitable.
It's not that I don't like people in my home; it's that I'm too much of a worrier.
I worry about what kind of food to make.
Then I worry about not making enough food.
Then I worry about how to entertain the guests.
Then I worry about how clean the house is (or isn't).
Then it's about the grass and how the yard looks.
Then it's how many people to invite.
And whether their kids are well behaved.
And if we have enough mosquito spray (hey! We're in Texas!)
And the list could go on and on!
I guess you could say I'm a worrier (that's obvious).
But I've grown over the years and I've calmed down a lot. I still pray, each time we have someone over, that I'll be a good hostess and not let anything get me flustered. God always comes through and I end up having a great time.
People are the main thing. Fellowship is the goal and making others feel welcomed and loved.
I have to admit, this is not something that comes naturally to me, but God is still at work and I'm still in training!
Romans 12:13 says: "Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality."
Maybe when I'm old and gray, I will be a gracious hostess. One who is calm and welcoming and is so able to invite and entertain and doesn't fret over little things.
That's my goal.
In the meantime, I'll just pray for forgiving guests:)