Written by monthly contributing writer, Kat.
We run around the house frantically cleaning, tidying, organizing and decorating. We hide things in closets, stuff them under beds and mask all our imperfections so our guests will feel comfortable in our austere house.
And we miss the point.
Perfection Is Not The Point
The goal of hospitality is to make people feel at “home.” Unless you’re having Martha Stewart over for the weekend, you’re house does not need to be perfect.
Let me say that again, your house does not need to be perfect.
Now, let’s all say that together: “My house does not have to be perfect.”
So then what do we need to do to prepare for guests?
Pray for them.
“Wow, Kat, you’re quick with the super spiritual answers today.”
I’m not trying to be cheesy or super spiritual. It’s just a fact.
A Great Attitude Is Better Than A Great Atmosphere
When you pray for your guests, you are investing in their lives and in their visit. You will have worthwhile things to talk about and ask them about because you’ve been praying for them. And as you pray God will more than likely show you ways you can bless them, encourage them and make them feel fully at home.
When we try to make everything perfect and impress our guests, their visit becomes all about us.
When we lay down our pride, pray for them and serve them in the ways that THEY need, their visit is about them and THAT’s what makes people feel loved and at home.
And the best part is, as you spend more time with the Lord, in prayer, the more He’ll help you order your days and you’ll find that keeping your home tidy gets easier. Soon enough you’ll be one of those lovely older ladies who has a home you always want to return to because it is so bathed in excellence and prayer.
**(Please note that I’m not saying that it’s useless to make any effort to tidy our home, I’m saying it should be an ever present process rather than the focus of our occasional preparations for visitors. I have felt more comfortable in an old shack inhabited by a godly woman than in a mansion perfected by a woman with less interest in me than in her clean carpets.)
How To Pray For Your Guests
Safe travel – Pray for comfort and joy as they travel.
Encouragement – Pray for wisdom on ways you can specifically encourage them.
Refreshment – Travel can be exhausting. Pray that they would feel more refreshed when they leave than when they arrived.
Connection – Pray for good conversations and meaningful memories.
Blessing – Pray for God’s grace in their lives and an ever deepening relationship with Him.
My Prayer For You
May you feel free from perfection, filled with Peace and overflowing with love for the people who make your house a home.