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TAKE TIME TO ENTERTAIN − PART 2
Perhaps the thought of entertaining is quickly followed by the thought of, "What do I do with these people once we've welcomed them in?" Too often we think that we must come up with a fantastically exciting agenda for our guests; we may even feel we must focus on our own strengths. Fortunately, hospitality has at its center the willingness to open ourselves to sharing both our joys and our sorrows of life.
No one has time or energy to cleanse our existence into a sterilized atmosphere to be able to "entertain". When you have a guest the goal should be to make them feel a part of your family − this will really make them feel at home.
Probably the biggest hindrance to entertaining for most of us is this thing called "time". It often seems that each day lacks hours to even attend to the basics of life, let alone add in reaching out to someone else. It might be helpful to mention that not a one of us is perfect, so that is not what we're getting at today. If you take some time for yourself to be renewed in body, mind, and soul you'll find that extending the hand of hospitality is done with a much more joy filled spirit. As we're reminded in Proverbs, "there is a time and a season" and so it is for times of hospitality.
A number of years ago our family was able to host numerous after-church-brunches for the purpose of welcoming visitors and introducing them to members of the church. As time passed and circumstances changed within our home and lives that season has passed. The new season of hosting others has come in the form of teaching others to become Professional Organizers!
Since 1997 we have hosted in our home those who live a distance from the training. Not all 300+ who have been trained need or want the option of "free lodging" but those who have stayed hold a special place in my heart from that brief opportunity of spending time in our guest quarters. (Note: if you or someone you know is interested in our Training/Mentoring of Professional Organizers check out some of the details at The Organizing Specialists website.)
No matter what the season of life or the complexities of a busy schedule, we can all in some way "take time to make time to entertain."
posted on: 6/16/2009 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.