Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hospitality Begins in Your Soul

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,

he restores my soul…

You prepare a table before me…”

Psalm 23:1-3a, 5a, NIV

When was the last time your soul restored? When were you the recipient of true hospitality?

In this whirling, materialistic, self-driven culture we call the American lifestyle, it’s challenging to find time to even slow down, let alone rest. We are pulled by this dizzying merry-go-round of working to get, getting to impress, impressing to the point of excess, then working MORE to pay off the excess. Our access to a 24-hour world of information through the internet, cable television, magazines, and newspapers keeps us in a state of hyper-stimulation. We are indoctrinated to have more, manage more, do more, be more; and this doctrine if “more” is robbing us of what’s truly important—relationships.

It’s time this “lifestyle” became history. And you can be a part of making it history.

Get off the manic merry-go-round—body, mind, and soul—and take a walk in the quiet world you were meant to enjoy. Take time for yourself to escape from old world of unending chaos and to enjoy the beauty and peace of this new world—the world that Jesus, the Good Shepherd has created for you.

Allow him to prepare a table before you, be your host, and provide what you need to be rejuvenated. Then return the favor by paying it forward to someone who’s in need of the same remedy.

We must experience hospitality in our own souls if we hope to provide this soul restoration to others. bjh

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