When I invited 35 to a surprise birthday luncheon honoring my friend, Ceslie, I knew I would need to include protein. My friend needs her protein.
I also knew I would need help. Many friends offered, and I took them up on their offer. Taking people up on their offer is right out of basic training, Hospitality, 101. I don’t know why that’s a hard one, but I’m here to say:
When someone says, “Can I bring something?” you say, “Sure.”
Even if it’s ice.
You can always use more half-in-half.
Jill said, “Can I bring something?”
And I thought: My Costco-sized half-in-half is due to expire soon. A ladies luncheon for 35 needs their half-in-half.
I replied to Jill, “Can you bring half-in-half? It will save me a trip back to the store As well as curdled coffee.” A ladies luncheon for 35 would not like curdled coffee.)
She said, I’ll bring you Rosa’s – I’m spoiled by Rosa’s.” I didn’t know what that meant, but it sounded wonderful. I like being spoiled in general, and by food and drink, in particular.
Here’s the point. You say “yes” to the offer, and wonderful things happen:
- You save yourself another trip to the store.
- We share the load with another: finances, time, creativity, labor.
- You share the blessing with another — the benefit of giving — which, as you givers know, is the best kind of blessing — so no keeping it for yourself!
- And you may get a new recipe–or a new type of half-in-half.
We will receive all those great things and more.
DO YOU WONDER WHY GOD’S CALLED YOU TO DO HOSPITALITY?
Isn’t it just for perfect people—excellent cooks, impeccable decorators, amazing everything, every time?
God invites us to His table, and He expects us to extend the invitation to others. Why doesn’t He send the request directly? Why does He involve you and me . . .
(To continue reading at my friend, Maree Dee’s Embracing the Unexpected, click here.)
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Learn to let go of your imperfection. God can use your imperfect hospitality. Allowing someone to help out reminds me of my imperfections.