When we lived in this beautiful, brand new two story house I always imagined I would host wonderful parties, get togethers, and baby showers just as soon as I had stunning window treatments. And after I had stunning window treatments, I thought I should wait on the hosting thing until I had spectactular landscaping. Only after I got spectacular landscaping, I needed new furniture.
You know what happened before I could ever host any of those fun get togethers? We moved.
We have never since lived in a house as grand as that one, and it is likely we never will, but I have learned not to let that stop me from inviting people into my home.
The house we live in now needs a few boards replaced on the front porch, which is in deperate need of repainting. There is a missing drawer in the kitchen, and some of the windows are without curtains.
Even with all those obvious imperfections in our home, we have a few people over for life group/Bible study every week, and I am hosting a baby shower here on Sunday.
Hopefully, my smiling face and warm welcome distract the guests from my imperfect home.
We recently attended a fun birthday party at a friend's house where we enjoyed hot dogs and birthday cake. With our large crew and the other guests in attendance, the hosts had to set up card tables and lawn chairs to accomodate everyone.
She briefly mentioned that she was sorry it was a little crowded, but I was so busy enjoying the company I hadn't even noticed.
I hope you won't let an imperfect home stop you from being hospitable. If you wait for perfection, you may never reach out to those who are just waiting to be invited into a loving home.
I bet your smiling face and warm welcome will distract them from the imperfections!