What a Busy Life Means for Blogging
It has been a very busy month for my family and for me. For a while during this busy season I found myself stressed and trying to do everything for everyone all the time. I started to feel burnt out. And my kids started saying things like, “Mom, I just want you to spend more time with me.”
So instead of continuing to push myself as I was, I decided to go back to the promise I made to myself when I began blogging… I’d only blog when I had the time to blog.
Except I found that I didn’t have time to blog. And although I could have probably chosen to stay up later or get up earlier or manage my time better in order to find the time for blogging, I just didn’t want to.
I decided that was okay because in the end my relationship with my kids, my family and friends, and God is more important to me than all the other things in my life, including blogging. I began looking at blogging from a different perspective.
A Clear Perspective of Hospitality
I began looking at lots of other things from different perspectives during my time away from blogging, too. For one thing, I’ve been thinking a lot about hospitality and what it means to really serve others.
Just before my family and I left for our vacation to visit my sister’s family in Ohio, I stumbled upon a blog I’ve enjoyed reading a lot lately. It’s called the Young Wife’s Guide to Gospel Centered Homemaking. One blog post written recently by Jami has been on my mind a lot… Biblical Hospitality Defined: The Art of Serving Others. In her post, Jami didn’t just touch on the fact that God has called us to show hospitality to others. She went a little further and touched on what hospitality looks like in practice.
And then we ended up in Chicago staying for a couple of days with a dear friend’s twin sister’s family and saw it in action.
An Example of True Hospitality
My friend’s sister and I have met on more than one occasion and have had a few opportunities to talk with one another, but we really don’t know each other all that well. We know OF each other’s families, but we don’t really KNOW each other’s families.
Despite that fact, my friend’s sister offered to host my family for a couple of days when we visited Chicago on our way to my sister’s home in Ohio. She and her husband didn’t have to offer to share their modestly-sized home with a family of six. They didn’t have to make us a full turkey dinner and provide breakfast each morning. They didn’t have to squeeze all five members of their family into one bedroom in order to provide our family of six with beds, our own bathroom, and plenty of privacy. But they did it anyway and with happy hearts. They did it because they love the Lord. They did it because their hearts want to love and serve others.
I don’t think my friend’s sister truly understands how much her family’s demonstration of hospitality toward my family impacted all of us. They helped make our time in Chicago more affordable, less stressful, and definitely more enjoyable.
Our kids had other kids to play with after a long day of touring Tall Ships, watching Cirque Shanghai Dragon’s Thunder, and riding the giant Ferris wheel at Navy Pier.
We enjoyed having space to spread out, relax, and enjoy adult conversation after a day out with four children.
And, we had room accommodations that rivaled any hotel.
That family gave us the best of what they had and were willing to share everything with us. That generosity convicted me in so many ways and prompted me to reflect on my own heart.
What About Me?
I’ve been pondering questions such as:
- Have I been showing hospitality and serving others?
- In what ways have I been demonstrating love to others, especially people outside my family and circle of friends?
- What would giving my best and sharing all I have look like and sound like in any given situation?
- How are Peter and I doing teaching our kids what it means to love and serve God as well as love and serve others?
- How can my family and I do a better job of showing hospitality to others?
What I’ve Come to Realize
My friend’s sister’s family talked about other ways they are showing love to others and serving people in their church and community. As I listened to them talk about life it really sunk in for me that offering hospitality isn’t an event or a series of events. It’s not just something you do a couple of times each month. It’s a way of living. Hospitality is a lifestyle.
I want to change my lifestyle. I want to change my family’s lifestyle. I want us to live and breathe hospitality.
I am so thankful for all the people God’s placed in my path lately as excellent exemplars. I’ve learned so much already from them. I’d love to learn from all of you, too. What do you think hospitality looks like and sounds like? In what ways can even the youngest children in a family show love for others and serve them? Has your family been doing anything special to show hospitality to others? Please share!