Ch. 3: From a Kid’s Eye View

You’re back! Thank you!

I promised that you would hear from my four children about how giving up their beds to strangers as kids has affected their adult life—and you will. In just a moment. But first, let me recap for those of you who have no idea what you’ve stumbled into.Welcome-Mat copy

The Given to Hospitality page of my blog will eventually become a book, which is why it’s written in chapters. It isn’t about putting on fancy dinner parties. It’s about opening our homes and our hearts to other people.

In Ch. 1: Sheep in Goat’s Clothing we examine biblical principles found in Matthew chapter 25. God separates the sheep from the goats according to how they treat strangers.

The catch?

Jesus says . . . I was a stranger and you took me in. He also said . . . I was a stranger and you took me not in. Both the sheep and the goats deny it, until He informs them that whatever they’ve done to the least of Jesus’ brethren, they’ve done to Him.

In Ch. 2: Mi Casa es su Casa? I talk about the wonderful hospitality of the people we minister to in Mexico. We American’s have so much, but how do we compare in hospitality with our southern neighbors who have so little?

At the end of every post, I include an LOL story about our hilarious experiences having people in our home, recipes for feeding a crowd, and a helpful hint for entertaining.

I asked my children to share their viewpoints because I’m sure some people have reservations about inviting people into their homes, thinking it will invade their children’s personal space. After all, it’s all about them isn’t it? Unfortunately, that is often true these days.

I’ve been a guest in homes where the children hardly said a word to me. They didn’t greet me or welcome me in any way. In fact, it was obvious that they didn’t want me there.

I’ve also been a guest in homes where the children treated me graciously. My experiences have caused me to wonder how these young people’s lives compare in adulthood.

I’m starting with my oldest daughter, Rebecca, for two reasons: first, she’s the oldest, which gives her well deserved seniority (she was the guinea pig her dad and I learned on), and she’s the most verbose (takes after her mom). Her article is longer than the other three (put together), but you’re going to love her honesty and humor. After Rebecca, you’ll hear from Sara, Peter, and the tag-a-long Joshua.

I’m very proud of my four children and the loving, giving adults they’ve become.

So let’s get started!








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