GET A SYSTEM DOWN FOR “UNEXPECTED GUESTS.”
Unlike many people, pastors often have traffic at home because of their ministry. Like it or not, that often means that the pastor’s spouse gets the lucky role of last-second hostess.
A little down-home hospitality can go a long way in making someone feel loved. And isn’t that what ministry is really all about?
If you don’t already have one, consider developing your own little system for making unexpected guests comfortable.
You might have a linen closet that always has a clean set of sheets ready, or a yummy-smelling candle stashed away especially for the guest room, or a special way of laying out fresh towels—or it might be as simple as a set of clean bedding that you spread out on the couch! It’s totally up to you.
However you do it, it doesn’t have to be luxurious. Just authentic and kind. It’s about the spirit of warmth and welcome. And about paying attention to little things that make a guest feel at home.
A warmly welcomed guest won’t ever forget your kindness—guaranteed!
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“The Father’s presence encircled Christ, and nothing befell Him but that which infinite love permitted for the blessing of the world. Here was His source of comfort, and it is for us. He who is imbued with the Spirit of Christ abides in Christ. Whatever comes to him comes from the Saviour, who surrounds him with His presence. Nothing can touch him except by the Lord’s permission. All our sufferings and sorrows, all our temptations and trials, all our sadness and griefs, all our persecutions and privations, in short, all things work together for our good. All experiences and circumstances are God’s workmen whereby good is brought to us.” Ministry of Healing, pp. 488-489
“Could Christians realize how many times the Lord has ordered their way, that the purposes of the enemy concerning them might not be accomplished, they would not stumble along complainingly. Their faith would be stayed on God, and no trial would have power to move them.”Prophets and Kings, p. 576
“In the future life the mysteries that here have annoyed and disappointed us will be made plain. We shall see that our seemingly unanswered prayers and disappointed hopes have been among our greatest blessings.” Ministry of Healing, p. 474