Its been good to begin thinking and acting on this hospitality journey. Having expressed my equal excitement and dread at the prospect of it all I am having a bit of a rethink.
Is it possible that I could be viewing hospitality in an incorrect light?
The act and action is clearly important and being hospitable will bring benefit to the recipient as well as to the giver. That has to be undisputed, surely?
What however is more interesting and more challenging to think through is the issue of motivation, reason, disposition towards hospitality.
What is True Worship?
What is True Love?
What is True Hospitality?
Is Hospitality as much about an orientation, a state of being and a character trait as it is an action?
In raising these questions I am not seeking to diminish action but perhaps aim for a wider understanding
Just as Christian spirituality seems to be on a significant whole life journey thanks to LICC and many other great movements, could it be that we need to reimagine hospitality?
Yes hospitality is about opening our homes, going the extra mile and all of the things that more immediately spring to mind, but what does whole life, wholistic hospitality look like?
Could it be about time, approachability, service and honesty as well as the more traditionally understood things?