“Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.” James 5:16 The Message (MSG)
Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
A friend and I met for coffee one afternoon and in the course of our conversation, we talked about being real and how we tend to present only the best of the best of ourselves. She made the comment that “everyone wants to be perfect but no one wants to be around perfect.” I thought about those words as they relate to the topic of hospitality and I realized that true hospitality requires authenticity.
Genuine hospitality demands courage and vulnerability. It takes willingness to admit our weaknesses and our flaws. It takes breaking up with the notion of perfection and the need to “entertain” our guests. Entertainment puts the emphasis on ME… does my house look okay? Did I buy the right cheese for the appetizer tray? Am I using the right dishes? Hospitality should be about humility and seeking to serve not to impress.
Sharing our lives with others takes authenticity… being open with our shortcomings and also our strengths. That is when we can be most empathetic. Community depends on other people and demands being real with each other. Community fills the cracks in our lives by giving and by receiving love and care. Courage is contagious and when we are open with others, they will be inclined to be open with us.
I challenge you to open the doors…not just the doors to your home but the doors to your life…and begin to practice authenticity.
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.