Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Are You Trying to Bless...or Impress?
Every now and then, it is good to step back and take a look at the intentions of our hearts. Sometimes, we don't even realize that our hearts are not in the right place. We think we're doing something for a specific reason, but really...we're not.
Back when I was a new wife and mother, I did pretty much everything for the wrong reasons. At that time in my life, everything was about me looking good. I did what I did to get a compliment, make someone jealous, or to get someone to want to be like me. I know...it sounds terrible and sad, but that is the truth of who I was at the time. One thing that I definitely did with the wrong motives was practice hospitality.
I was all about myself, and trying to look "perfect". I wanted to show people that I could serve an amazing meal with a wonderful dessert, in a perfectly clean house, wearing a beautiful outfit and perfectly styled hair and make-up. Before company would arrive, I would be a wreck getting ready. What if something was out of place? They might not think I'm perfect! Obviously, it was all about ME.
It makes me a little nauseous thinking about all of that now. How wrong my motives were!
The Lord calls us to hospitality. Why? Because we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus to others. Because we are to bless people. It's not about impressing them, it's about blessing them! It's about humbling ourselves, letting people into our homes and lives, and finding ways that we can bless THEM and be Jesus to them.
Yes, I believe that having a clean, orderly home is a part of being a good, efficient homemaker. So is cooking delicious meals. But...it's NOT about making me look good. It's about having a comfortable, tidy home to welcome people into, making them feel at home with a nice cup of coffee or a hot cooked meal. They should see the love of Jesus shining through me in my actions. I am not the center of attention--Jesus is!
These days, I do what I do out of obedience to the Lord. I want to love on people, and show them the love of Jesus in my home. I want them to be warm and comfortable and cared for, and I want them to want to come back again. And someday, I want to be able to look into Jesus' eyes and hear him say, "well done, good and faithful servant."
Look closely at your heart. What are your motives? Are you trying to bless....or impress?