My post isn't a long one today and to be honest it isn't about a lie someone else tells us. It's a lie I've told myself. Six years ago, living in our little town house I used to dream of our big farmhouse in the country where we could entertain and welcome friends and family into our home.
We have spent the last 5 years renovating that big farmhouse in the country and it continues to be a work in progress. A few weeks ago I caught myself thinking, "If we could build onto the house and have a bigger laundry room and then when we have people over...." And then I thought about how many times I had coveted a nicer dishwasher, a bigger dining space, a new couch, a bigger pantry, a nicer floor...and justified such thoughts with the idea that with such things, I could show better hospitality. Hospitality is biblical right?
Sure...but what about always coveting nicer and better and bigger, and justifying it by telling myself that I could be so much more hospitable if I had these things?
Is it wrong to upgrade your couch if it's ratty, or make a bigger laundry room? Is it wrong to enjoy a "perfect home"? Absolutely not, but be honest with yourself about your motives. Hospitality is not about impressing people with the size of your kitchen, or the colour of your walls. Hospitality is about showing Christ's love and mercy to those around us.
If you want a prettier light fixture, fine...but be honest with yourself...you really just want a prettier light fixture.