Let's be honest for a minute, we are pretty private people. If it were up to us, we would spend just about every evening in our homes, by ourselves. The problem is, we know that it isn't good for us, our social skills, our spiritual lives, or even our marriage.
Because we understand the importance of spending time with friends and getting to know new people, we have challenged ourselves over the past several months to open our home to people. We have been in our home for almost three months, and of the times that we have welcomed friends, family, and our community group have been some of the most enjoyable times so far in our home. I think we can honestly say that we don't regret a single night of it.
Both of us are creatures of habit. We enjoy having a routine and sticking to it. Because of that, we decided that we would pick a night every week (most weeks), and invite someone over to our home. Our community group is meeting at our home for the month of November, and we are so excited to use our home as a space where we can get to know this group of 12 or so people from all different stages of life in our most favorite place. We bought our home with the intention of sharing it with others. So we have loved getting to do that and hope to continue encouraging each other to invite people into our home and lives.
Not only that, but we've had people over to watch football games and even hosted trivia night with some of our friends. This is out of our comfort zone, but it's stretching us and made us grow in several different ways.
Hebrews 13:2 "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it."
Because we just moved into a home three months ago, we are finally getting to a spot where we have seating for everyone, and we think our home is cozy enough that we want to have people over. We finally got a dining room table that seats more than three people comfortably.
Now that we are being purposeful about inviting people over, we've realized that we enjoy it, and we are starting to think that we are want to become much more hospitable and inviting to others. Our prayer since we've moved in was that God would use our home to spread love and comfort.
Want to come over? Let us know! :)