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Topic: The Family Home (05/29/08)
TITLE: House Guests
By Scarlett Farr
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As a Christian thereís another treasure in my home that I far too often forget about. In John 14:23, Jesus tells us, ďif anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him (NIV). What an awesome but intimidating thought is that? Not only is my ever-faithful dog waiting for me at home, but sheís waiting alongside my God and my Jesus. They are waiting to talk with me, comfort me, strengthen me and be a part of my life.
Like any good southern woman, knowing I have house guests causes me to wonder if I have been hospitable enough. No, I donít mean making sure the dust-bunnies are out of sight and that there is plenty of sweet tea and a tasty dessert in the refrigerator (although, those are very important). What gives me pause is wondering if I have shown the most important house guests I will ever have the hospitality They deserve? Ironically, I have to stop and ask myself, is my familyís home the first place They want to be, or as if a mirror image of my teenage self, would They prefer to be somewhere, anywhere, more inviting than my home?
Do they avert Their eyes and nervously shuffle Their feet when I speak gruffly to my husband and daughter because Iím in a constant rush when I get home from work? Would my house guests be embarrassed by the televisions programs we watch? Are they disappointed that meals I prepare for my family do not honor the bodies They gave us?
Most importantly, do I treat Them as I do other house guests, or do I send Them off into the sunroom to wait for me to find a free moment for Them. Do I hurriedly relay the dayís events just before bedtime, nodding off before They have a chance to tell me what They have been sitting with the dog, patiently waiting to tell me all day long?
I am confident that I havenít been the best hostess I can be. In fact, Iím pretty sure my dog has been the better hostess. And I am very sure that if I had been treated the way my house guests have been treated, I wouldnít return, no matter how tasty the sweet tea may be. Fortunately, my houseguests havenít left yet and today when I push the button on the garage door opener, I will remember to put on my best southern smile, open the back door, pat the dog on the head and greet my houseguests with all the hospitality They deserve and desire.
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