Reading Henri Nouwen's book, Reaching Out teaches us “hospitality. . . . means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality may not change the people, but to offer them space where change can take place” (p. 71). Thinking about the ability to show hospitality reminds me that I must have balance in my life.
When I have balance in my life, I notice I am able to be hospitable and open to others with my time and attention. However, if I do not have balance and feel that I a too busy, that is when I become hostile toward others. I realize that part of my purpose here on earth is to show hospitality to non-Christians and people who do not believe in Jesus.
What better way to point others to Jesus than if we are open and hospitable to them when they are going through tough times or just want to talk about faith? Thomas Merton talks about his own purpose in Bridges to Contemplative Living, explaining, “One thing I know—that it is my destiny to be a contemplative, a Christian, and an American. I can satisfy my vocation with nothing that is partial or provincial” (p. 27).
I am realizing that part of my purpose as a Christian man is to be balanced in spiritual and work life so that I may show hospitality to others.
Question: How do you show hospitality to others?