The Art of Hospitality
Dhati Lewis is right: Hospitality is an art. It is an intentional, creative way of living that makes room for strangers in our lives. Jesus practiced hospitality throughout his ministry. One example of this is when he washed his disciples’ feet, a practice commonly performed by servants. After washing their feet, he said,
“since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you” ((John 13:34-15).
Fred Liggin, pastor of Williamsburg Christian Church, recently said that being hospitable is a shift in mindset from our normal way of living for ourselves. The chart below illustrates the shifts that Fred stated.
I think Fred is spot on.
What do you think is the greatest hindrance to hospitality?
What shift can you personally take to become more hospitable?