Does anyone actually do this with their daughters anymore? It seems that girls learning about showing hospitality to others is becoming a lost art.
There was once a time when a young girl began learning about hospitality through watching her mother. Later, the mother would actually encourage opportunities for the daughter to practice the skill of showing hospitality. Today, I think we would be hard pressed to find even women in their 30’s who know what hospitality is.
Do we, as women, do anything to teach and foster in our daughters this character trait? When we look at the list of the fruits of the spirit, hospitality is among them.
Do we teach them that hospitality is more than just inviting someone over for dinner? Do we look for moments when we can show hospitality in action?
Society’s view of hospitality quickly turns into a time of showing off your best. You best cooking, best dishes, spotlessly clean home & kids, all of which is something that only brings glory to yourself. It is a case of “look what I have” and nothing to do with what Biblical hospitality is all about.
The Biblical hospitality is all about sharing what the Lord has given you and using it to bless others. Sharing a simple meal with a friend or even a stranger is an act of hospitality. It goes beyond food. What gifts and talents has the Lord blessed you with? Do you share those gifts with others in a way that brings glory to the Lord?
This is not to say that we cannot use our best in showing hospitality. A piece of wisdom that was once shared with me, I now share with you. When doing for others, whether they be strangers or people known to us, show compassion and love to them as you would show to the Lord.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:35-40 NIV