Have you ever read something that resonates with every part of your being? Something that you can so relate to that you’re surprised you didn’t think of it?
Just Open The Door by Jen Schmidt is that kind of book. True hospitality is about serving others, whether we want to or not, and she definitely has all her ‘eggs’ in the right basket for it.
With our noses buried in cell phones and computers, we are missing some of the greatest experiences of life. That of face to face conversations that help us know those around us, their needs, wants and desires. The nuances that come with face-to-face conversations simply don’t show in techno-babble.
As Believers hospitality allows us to be purposeful in our walk with others. We can encourage others, disciple others, and even bring others into the fold, simply by sharing a cup of coffee and sincerely listening and loving on them. Don’t worry about that spot on the carpet or children making to much noise or messy hair. It is what it is! All that really matters is God, His Word, and relationships.
Expecting nothing in return is a characteristic of the hospitable personality. A bag of groceries, a box of diapers, $20 in an unopened envelope show the heart of Jesus to another person.
Adoption might be the ultimate act of hospitality. Just as God adopts me into the Forever Family I am to ‘adopt’ others into my earthly family.
This book is jam-packed full of ideas for living out hospitality as God intended us to. I highly recommend reading it over and over.
Here are my top 5 quotes from this book:
- Your unique gift, your untold story, your broken and mended heart, your fierce love, your brave authenticity–all these intricate threads woven together create a tapestry He wants to use to unveil His love to someone who needs to experience it. You are the one who can meet the need of another today if you just open the door. (pg. 77)
- “For me, taking up my cross daily included terrible suffering. For you, your suffering may be in the form of doing small duties that are distasteful to you. It may be having what you don’t want or wanting what you don’t have. That may be your cross today.” (pg. 52)
- We can’t let our circumstances keep us separated from the community we need. (pg. 131)
- Taking tea together reminds us to mimic Jesus’ pace. He was never too busy. He was never in a hurry. Frantic was not a part of His vocabulary. He lingered. (pg. 154)
- One of the purest forms of compassion is found in hurting when someone else hurts. (pg. 190).
Never underestimate the power of a cup of coffee and a listening ear.
Blessings to you and yours!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Broadman Holman Publishers, Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”