The stress in my home before company comes over use to be palpable. I would freak out over the home being SPOTLESS and everything being PERFECT. Snapping at my husband and being grouchy were part of the drill. By the time company arrived, I was ready to send them home and go to bed! Was that the point, to have things in such order? Another learning came from the decomposing couch (previous post): People weren’t coming to perform some military white glove check on my home, they were coming to enjoy company (and probably good dessert).
“Entertaining” became something entirely new to me at that point; I probably swung to the other end of the pendulum. I found myself time and again opening our home to friends: “My home hasn’t been detailed and I only have a pot of beans and cornbread, but come over, let’s have fun!”. Guess what- THEY CAME. Further, we enjoyed wonderful company. People aren’t coming for the food (though I’d much prefer to serve something creative and divine) they’re coming for a friendship and companionship.
Heart Check: Are you too busy making things perfect, or are you too busy caring for your company (and those preparing around you)?
Whether you read and believe the Bible or not, this snippet is worth the read (dont’ get hung up on preconceived ideas):
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-41 (NIV)