Let’s start with a rather simple definition. What is Hospitality? It’s “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.” Some synonyms are: ” friendliness, welcome, helpfulness, neighborliness, warmth, kindness.”
Throughout this series, I want to encourage you to endeavor to make hospitality a characteristic of your home-life. Why? Because through the years, we have received so many blessings and benefits from opening up our homes to others. It is a Biblical character trait that should be cultivated in our own lives, and also the lives of our children as we model it for them.
But, you might be thinking, “I’m just way to busy with my little ones to even think about something like hospitality- it overwhelms me just thinking about it!” And I understand that! Having 14 children, my days were always filled with someone needing me, and life was and is indeed very busy. But, I do think that the benefits and blessings outweigh the inconvenience. Stick with me through these next few posts, and we will talk about some ways to make it work with children, practical ideas, and how all of this will benefit your entire family for years to come.
So, Let me begin by giving you a little background of how we started to practice hospitality in our own family.