Maybe you missed the early remodel photos. I don’t need a photo, I lived through it. I like to say, “We’ve been remodeling for ____ years and we’re still married.”
People who’ve remodeled know what I’m talking about. All mercy.
As long as I could still have people over, and a dinner out once in awhile, I was okay. Well, mostly.
I don’t like being cold, and we didn’t have walls.
I don’t like drywall in my soup and we learned to eat it anyway.
I don’t like mice and many were born here–generations, I’m sure.
Here’s the Good News: I could always say, with confidence– “Sorry it’s a mess. It’s Mark’s fault.” I mean, “Sorry it’s a mess, we’re getting a new kitchen in a year or six.”
I don’t like housekeeping. It was a grand excuse to not do it. But there’s rarely an excuse not to invite a friend for tea.
Once I gave my Hospitality 101 workshop at a conference. Afterwards over lunch, I ended up seated next to a young mom. She said sweetly, “I didn’t sign up for your workshop because we are in the middle of a remodel.” I just smiled. She had no idea.
Here’s an early photo. Mark received great help from my wonderful brother-in-law, Roger. He actually is a contractor (vs. the Man-in-Plaid who is a wanna-be contractor–a very good wanna-be, mind you.)
This was our entry hall. Couldn’t blame me for not vacuuming.
We had open-air hospitality that year. And if you could hold a hammer, you were invited to stay for dessert.
My whole life is a remodel-in-progress. I loved Pastor Jeff’s prayer:
Lord, what we are not, You will make us; what we do not have, You will provide.
Well, that’s a prayer and a half! I need to stencil it on my bedroom ceiling so I read it before getting out of bed. I need to keep my glasses by my bed.
God will do what we cannot. God will make us what we cannot be.
Gives hope, doesn’t it? And, peace on this imperfect earth. Hope and peace: God’s year-round Christmas gifts.
Next time you say the wrong thing or bark when you needed to wag, say:
I’m so sorry I hurt you. I’m in a remodel. I make things messy. But, someday I’ll be all finished. Please forgive me. I was wrong. I’m a work in progress by God’s grace.
I’ll pray this prayer with you:
“Lord, what I’m not (yet) You will make me; what I do not have, You will provide. Forever grateful, Amen.”
Try out some imperfect hospitality this week. Someone may meet Jesus at your table, hope and peace and mercy included. Don’t forget your free printable.
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