Have you ever felt like you were being called to do something, but you just didn’t know how it would work? Can I just tell you, I have felt for some time like we needed to have more people in our home, around our table. Sure, we had friends over occasionally, but I have felt like this was something I needed to do on a more regular basis.
Like Moses, I had a list of excuses:
-Our children are involved in things that take up too much time to show hospitality.
-Our dog…what will we do with him when people come over?
-Our budget is tight just feeding the five people under our roof. How will we add more?
-How will I have time to have my house clean for people to come over?
But I just kept hearing that still, small voice say, “Invite them over. I’ll take care of the details” So in January, we started having people over at least two nights a week. Rewind a few weeks ago…actually, let me tell you a little story.
We live in a very small neighborhood and minus a few families it is mostly widows, widowers, and singles. We know our neighbors and we love them, daily contact is just not something that happens with frequency. Well, about two weeks ago, my older neighbor met me in the front yard and said these words,
“Would you use a ham if I gave it to you? My daughter was here this weekend and her family had to leave early and we just didn’t get to eat this ham. Do you want it?”
Do I want it?? We agreed on a time to meet to get the ham. When I went to his house, he handed me the ham and then…and then…he just started pulling stuff out of his refrigerator.
Here’s a 5 pound bowl of potato salad.
Here’s a 20 pound bag of potatoes.
Here’s two bags of tortilla chips.
OH, and here’s a 20 pound ham.
I wish you could have seen my face as my neighbor, whom I love but just don’t have much contact with, filled my arms with food and sent me on my merry way.
What’s the point to my story? When you are called to do something, do it. God will provide the details. Hey, he may even have your neighbor give you a ham, some potato salad, two bags of tortilla chips, and a twenty pound bag of potatoes.
So, let me ask you, what is God calling you to do? Email me and let me know. I’d love to hold you accountable. The first step is always the most difficult. Let’s step out together.
Jennifer and her family live in the South. She and her husband, Fred, have three boys ages 13, 10, and 7, and one unruly dog named Dash. Chaos2Peace is a blog designed to bring peace in the midst chaos by providing organizational tips, menu planning, simple recipes, and a whole lot of laughter. Join us on the blog today as we do life together, one step at a time.
4/18/2017 09:46:55 am
Love this story - can I republish on my Hospitality FB page: welcome heart, welcome home - or you can!
Hi Sue! We'd love it if you wanted to republish Jennifer's post. Please just make sure to share her name and bio (with a link to her blog) and link back here.
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