I have a sister that gets paid to decorate other peoples homes, but I somehow missed the gene for interior design that God was supposed to give me. I was not raised in a home that served formal meals so I never learned how to 'entertain' in a way that would impress my guests. Shall I keep giving you a list of all of my excuses?
In spite of all of my excuses and my genuine feelings of inadequecy, God has been teaching me to be hospitable. In our society, we take the gift of hospitality to mean the ability to impress. This is so limiting because it is putting a list of ifs in front of having people in our home. If my home was big enough, if I had the time to clean it, if I had time to make a fancy dinner. None of these things has anything to do with hospitality. Hospitality is defined as kindness in welcoming guests and strangers. This I CAN do.
In order to practice hospitality, I have to let go of my own need to be seen as perfect. I must surrender my expectations on myself and see it as unimportant. A big part of this is seeing that other person and getting to know them or just blessing them as our main goal.
Romans 12:13 NIV
Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
1 Peter 4:9 NIV
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
Philippians 2:4 KJV
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.