Update on this blog series:
Thanks for reading. I’m learning new ways to practice hospitality – I hope you are too. I just had a good friend design a cover for the e-book that I hope will come out early 2018 (or regular book if anyone wants to publish it.). I will start pulling all these quotes from each day and writing in November!
Today’s post is about something that effects and affects every area of hospitality. Our humility. Left to ourselves we are not humble people. We are prideful and only care about ourselves. Our rights. Our ways. Our happiness. The selfie-generation didn’t just start a few years ago. It has always been.
With our God: come to Him with our weariness. He will give rest. Come to him with honor and adoration – He will show Himself to us. Come to Him with our desires – He will fill our hands.
With our spouses: Put their needs above our own. Seek to outdo one another in showing honor. My husband excels at this – all.the.time. He has told me in recent weeks that I’ve grown in humility in the time that he’s known me. That is in direct correlation to God putting him in my life almost 7 years ago now and the work of the Spirit in my heart.
With our children: We mess up as mamas. When I mess up (often), I will usually go to my kids, get right in their faces (affection), and talk to them really softly and gently. I think I do this because I want to mend the brokenness, and act in opposite fashion than I just did: loud, harsh, pushing them away.
With our community: When you open your home to people who don’t live within our houses, we speak volumes to their need – and our need. Our need for community. That alone speaks of humility because it says that we are not enough in and of ourselves. God made us for community. He made us for relationship. I stink at this sometimes, especially when going out. I was a poor representation of the gospel this past week at a new friends. It had been a bad day, it was my son’s birthday, and I don’t think I barely looked anyone in the eyes and I just barely answered their questions. I didn’t want to be there and others could tell. I can’t go back – but I can move forward out of my brokenness and let Him do a new thing.
Quote taken from Lord Have Mercy (Ellen Miller). Photo by Evergold Photography of a cupcake I made.