Kate Motaung grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan before spending ten years in Cape Town, South Africa. She is married to a South African and together they have three children. Kate is the author of the e-book, Letters to Grief, hosts the Five Minute Friday blog link-up, and has contributed to several other online publications. She blogs at Heading Home and can be found on Twitter @k8motaung.
Yesterday I asked the question, “What defines your home when it comes to hospitality?”
Do you have an open door policy?
Do you panic when visitors arrive and your house is in a shambles?
I was so encouraged recently when I heard a respected mother in our church say, “The greatest compliment anyone can give me is if they feel free to take a nap on my couch.”
Think about that.
The greatest compliment, to her, is not when people praise the tidiness of her home. It is not when they verbally admire the decor or her cooking abilities.
It is when they show that they feel comfortable. Warmly welcomed. Part of the family.
It’s when they catch her silent message that “my home is your home.”
May this be an encouragement to all of us to care less about appearance and more about the warmth of the welcome.
Photo credit: Miranda Rush