'Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.' 1 Peter 4:9 NKJV
Mother Teresa of Calcutta said this: 'I think the world today is upside down and is suffering so much because there is so very little love in the homes and in family life. We have no time for our children, we have no time for each other; there is no time to enjoy each other... Love begins at home; love lives in homes, and that is why there is so much unhappiness in the world today. If we listen to Jesus he will tell us what he said before: "Love one another, as I have loved you" (John 13:34 NIV)... If we are to bring that love into life again, we have to begin at home.'
If we don't have time for the people God has put closest to us, we'll never have time for strangers. And that is where we should be heading on our journey: 'Be hospitable... with brotherly affection for... unknown guests... foreigners, the poor and all others' (1 Peter 4:9 AMP).
If we treat our own mum like an unknown guest in our lives, what hope is there for the poor? Let's put the world the right side up, starting in our own homes.
So what now? Pray for opportunities to serve your parents and other family members. Ask God to help you see your annoying brother through his eyes. Go out on a limb to make your sister's friends feel welcome. Imagine that everyone who steps foot in your home is Jesus and seek to make them feel at home.
Soulfood: Is 38-41, John 6:60-71, Ps 96, Prov 28:17-20