I recently dropped in to see a friend. I had a bag of things to drop off and was carrying my toddler. With a 1 year old, your arms are always full!
When I arrived at the front door there were two pairs of shoes right in the middle of the welcome mat. I had to step over one pair just to knock on the front door.
As I waited for the door to open I looked down at the shoes again. They did not make me feel welcome. In fact I felt they had no intention for anyone else to visit them as they had not prepared the way for visitors.
This made me consider the front entrance to our house. It’s often not swept with shoes gathering around the entrance. Maybe guests wouldn’t feel welcome at my house either.
We often have strategies in our churches for how people should be welcomed to a service but I wonder if our homes are as inviting. If we know guests are coming it’s easy to clean up the place but are we always prepared to accept people into our homes?
I’m all for being myself but I also want people to feel comfortable and welcome. To have an open door if anyone needed it. To make them feel welcome before they even entered my home.
Lord, You welcome all with open arms. May I do the same with those who come to my door. May I be generous with all I have. Amen.
What does your front door say of your welcome?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.