Beauty in Brokenness

"He has made everything Beautiful in it's time." Eccl. 3:11

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on March 22, 2014

You all have one of those friends, right?!  You know who I am talking about.  That girl who is like a second mother even in her 20 something years.  Whose place (dorm room, apartment, house, etc.) is always put together.  If a group of 5-10 friends stop by unexpectedly, she can easily throw together a 3 course meal with what she has on hand.  She is always hosting and serving.

I want to be her!  Lets be honest, I have to plan 2 days in advance before inviting people over.  The dishes aren’t clean, since there are only a few of them that I own.  I can normally offer people water, an egg sandwich (if the bread is not hard) or cereal.  And that’s on a good day.

My roommate is one of those girls!  She is the sweetest. This was something i came home to the other day when she had friends over for breakfast.

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And this!

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And this was for 4 people!  We felt very blessed that morning 🙂

I tend to buy and prepare just enough for myself to operate comfortably.  Then scramble to make it work when other people enter into the little kingdom I call my townhome.

There is nothing inherently wrong with that.  Hospitality is a spiritual gift.  It does not come easily to most.  So in some ways, let those with the gift use it to serve in the way that makes them happy, and honors the Lord.

But let’s not be quick to use that as a cop out.  God still calls us to be in community with each other. Hebrews 10:25 says not to give up meeting together, but encourage each other.  The early church is said to have been opening up their homes to each other, sharing everything they had, and breaking bread together.  There is something essential to being in each others lives and homes.

God gives each of us special gifts for reasons, but that does not mean we are meant to neglect all the other gifts.  He is still molding us and growing us in all areas of life.  Each spiritual gift represents another aspect of God’s character.  So by pursueing these things were are bringing Him glory and reflecting Him to others.  Actively pursuing things that God values reveals that we attribute value to Him.  To make ourselves uncomfortable to pursue things that reflect the Lord is the ultimate evidence of surrender and humility.

And!  Bonus!  Its another way to practice dependence on the Lord.  I am not a patient person.  But I am still called to be patient.  So I have to actively depend of the Lord to help me be patient.

This week, I will admit to you all that I have not been a kind person, especially in my thoughts.  But God still calls me to be kind.  So I have had to depend on Him to help me lay down my sinful heart and adopt a kind spirit.  I know that might sound like I am being fake to you, but its not.  I don’t do it perfectly, but any effort that I do toward kindness was not me.  It was the Lord.  I have to deny my feelings and my sinful pride in order to obey the Lord.

I am not being fake.  I am not being something I am not.  I have been made kind in Christ.  Any actions that are not kind are a result of my sin, which is no longer my identity.  So denying the sin and putting on the attitude of Christ, is me pursuing who I really am.  Or who I am being made into in Christ.

So what does that have to do with hospitality in my life.  I am not hospitable.  I am kinda selfish and like to keep my life to myself.  But God has blessed me with an opportunity to serve others in hospitality.  So I want to learn to take better advantage of those times and learn to depend on the Lord to help me to grow in hospitality.

God gives and takes away.  He has provided time and resources to serve those around me, and He has provided people to serve.  I want to take advantage of that.

Also to observe those around me who have been gifted with this.  To confess and turn from resentment and envy when they do it so easily.  But to really humble myself to be a learner.  To ask for help.  To challenge myself to things that make me uncomfortable.

In the age of pinterest and smart phones, it is easy to compare and think that we will never measure up.  We will never be able to make the coolest recipe and dessert.  We will never have the most adorable house to host things in.  We will never have enough money to do the things we want.  We will never have time to plan theme parties every weekend. But the funnest meal that I shared with people this past week was a turkey burger on a piece of bread, and some left over broccoli.  It was easy and tasty.  And it allowed us to all spend time and fellowship together,  It didn’t have to be elaborate.  But the heart behind it pointed to the provision and humility of Jesus.  It was a beautiful meal, with wonderful friends.

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