HOMEMAKING AND HOSPITALITY
-PUT PRIDE ASIDE-
This is the last entry in my Hospitality and Homemaking series. I decided to save this step for last because I feel this topic is often forgotten, but it’s important and should be a great reminder for all homemakers.
Homemaking is an important part of life for many women. It can be so important that it starts to grow into a huge source of pride. With the influence of social media and television ads, it’s so easy to get swallowed up by having pride in our homes and all of the “stuff” we fill our homes with. It’s wonderful to decorate our homes and make delicious meals for our family and guests, but at some point, a line can be crossed. So where do you draw this line between where caring ends and pride begins? For me, it really comes down to 1 question.
Check the Motives & Attitude of Your Heart
What motivates you to be a homemaker and wanting to invite others into your home? This is the question I ask myself whenever we bought our home and invited others to come visit. For many women, our homes can easily become a point of pride if we allow it to. I believe you can glorify the Lord and be a witness of his love to others by how we choose to make our homes and invite others in. The only issue is if the motives and attitude of your heart behind it don’t match Christ’s heart we’re doing it for the wrong reason. If all we want is to look “good” and make ourselves feel better than others, then no longer will it be about glorifying God or being a witness.
When I started to put my focus on pleasing the Lord and putting my pride aside, I truly started to enjoy being a homemaker and welcoming others into our home. What was motivating my heart before was my own selfish wants and prideful nature. The way you choose to lead your heart shapes your attitude and it will be reflected in your homemaking. Open your home to others the way Christ would welcome you into his by serving them and genuinely caring rather than showing off your home.
Make your home a place of peace and love for your family and others.
I love seeing the look on my husband’s face when he comes home and opens the door to see one of his favorite meals being made for dinner. Nothing brings me more joy than knowing that our home can be a place of peace. No matter how stressful life can become outside the home, my goal as a homemaker is to make sure our home is a safe haven for my family and to those that enter as a witness of the one that I serve and want to please.