“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” Romans 12:13.
Aren’t we all guilty of overcomplicating hospitality?
The older I get, the more I crave simple-not sure if this is wisdom or exhaustion. So what does simple hospitality mean? It means extending an extra dose of kindness every day. Smiling instead of frowning at the grumpy cashier, that person who cut you off in traffic-let it go...who knows what is going on in their life, opening a door, calling a friend instead of texting, listening without interjecting, acknowledge imperfection within you and others, send a note in the mail, say thank you and mean it, be happy for others, and so much more.
You can never go wrong with being kind. Being kind costs nothing while meaning everything. Gratitude and kindness shift the focus that what we have is enough.
So in this season of Thanksgiving, value connection over perfection. Throw kindness around like confetti. Leave a wave of good behind. Give grace and be grace-filled. I am thankful for the simple things that give me joy…family and friends around the table, anytime I am on the water, college football, my sweet Labrador retrievers, music of all kinds, dinners on a porch, dock time, lake days on a float, casseroles during troubled times, the community of Gainesville, and a God that loves and walks with us in all do.