Thought I’d post a blog entry on hospitality from Does This Blog Make Me Look Fat :
“I think in some senses hospitality is a lost art. People still entertain, but real and true hospitality is not as common. What’s the difference? Entertaining is about the entertainer drawing attention to herself, while hospitality is about extending love and charity to others.
I was reading in Luke last night that when you have a party you should not invite your friends and family and people who will repay you by having you into their homes, but instead we should invite the poor who cannot repay us. It seems to me that the difference between entertaining and hospitality occurs in the heart, like everything that matters in life.
The hospitality we offer to friends is not about making an impression, but about making them feel loved. So often when I prepare for people to be in my home, I spend all of my time cleaning the house, preparing a perfect meal and making everything and everyone appear just right. But do I take a moment to pray for our guests? Do I ask God to reveal to me any needs they might have so that our family might have the opportunity to minister to them? Not usually.
Today the kids and I were ministered to in the home of a friend from church. It was clear that she wasn’t trying to impress us, but she and her kids simply invited us to share their day with them. It was peaceful, loving and enjoyable.”