Without Grumbling

I am often wanting to have gatherings with friends/family, rather if it is just popcorn, a movie, grilling hot dogs, or etc. I love sitting around talking, hearing laughter of kids as they play, and the chatter of adults talking about their interests, or other topics.

The only time I really see my family is on holidays and I rarely see my friends. Which it’s not all my fault, it is hard if you only have 1 car and your husband works and goes to school (which could be used as an excuse, see I’m not perfect). Why is it we are in a time that we don’t have enough time for people we love?

We often find excuses (as mine above), or something happening constantly that we just fall into a routine of “maybe tomorrow”.

1 Peter 4:9 “Offer Hospitality to one another without grumbling”

We don’t want others in our house, because we don’t feel as our house is clean enough (I’m really to blame on this one). Truth be known is that your company will not be coming in to see if you have dusted this week. If they are that judgmental, then they need the gift of love and hospitality more than yourself.
– How often has this happened to you? or how often do you think your house isn’t clean enough? Do you really think your friends/family is that judgmental of you or your belongings?

One thing I am willing to learn is worry less about my house and be more about hospitality. Hospitality is about people, not about my surroundings. It is about showing love and showing you care to others. It is about opening your door, not just to family or friends but to even your neighbor. Love Thy Neighbor has yourself, remember? and it doesn’t say Love Thy Christian Neighbor.. it says every neighbor!

I have always been big with wanting to be around people – friends/family/strangers. I would love to plan get togethers, wanting to spend time with whomever was willing to show up. My husband isn’t so much about gatherings as I am, but I have respected that, but he is finally coming to sense of knowing we need friends and willingness to show love for others.

Matthew 25:35 “Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ, for He is going to say, I came as a guest, and you received Me.”

Hebrews 13:2 “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Whether we entertain friends/family or even strangers, we are told that the Lord is in our midst. What company to keep.

When you entertain, you bring honor and glory to yourself. Showing hospitality brings honor and glory to God.

Do you entertain or show hospitality?



Put the Shut to the Up

Sometimes we just need to SHUT UP and Listen.

I don’t mean looking at someone while they’re talking and being quiet while your brain is thinking about tomorrow, or your TO-DO list. I mean fully tuned in and listen to every word that the person says.

Did you know that usually when someone asks a question they want you to ask the same question back to them? It is their way of showing you how to communicate with them. They are giving you something to break the ice – something to talk about.

Jesus spent most of His time asking questions. Did you know in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus asked close to 100 questions?

The hardest thing to do sometimes is be still and listen. We just got to tell ourselves to shut up, tell our mind to be quiet and our feet to be still.

Psalm 81:13 “If my people would but listen to me.”
Matthew 11:15 “He who has ears, let him ear.”
James 1:19 “Should be quick to listen and slow to speak.”

Are you a listener?
Do you often interrupt others while they’re talking?

Now, I am by far the best listener, but I’ll never forget what someone tells me. I may forget the pity stuff, but the real stuff sticks like glue. If I’m truly still and listening I’ll remember what they tell me. I’ll even give advice when wanted and try to help that person if I can. Often times our friends/family just want someone to listen.

Don’t be a story stealer if you’re talking to someone. The common “If you think that is something…”, or the “Oh, that’s not nothing” routine. Let the person talk, you are more likely to lose friends if you constantly steal their story.

Epictetus “Nature gave us one tongue and two ears, we so could hear twice as much as we speak.”
Proverbs 18:13 “He who answers before listening – that is his folly and his shame”

So, are you a good listener?

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