I love to check the mail. I don’t know what it is about the mail that gets me so excited. The crazy part is is that most days, everything inside the mailbox is junk mail that goes right into the recycling bin before it even has a chance to go inside the house. It is a such a let down for this mail loving girl!
I love getting fun and interesting things in the mail. It is even more exciting when I know that a package is going to be arriving, even if I am the one who ordered said package. Silly, I know, but I love it.
Because I know how it feels to get unexpected mail, I thing I love to do is send people cards in the mail. I typically don’t mention that I’ve done so because I want it to be a surprise. Unless, they might be moving or something.
Showing people hospitality doesn’t always mean that you need to invite them over for dinner, bring them a meal or send a care package to a missionary across the world. There are simple, yet meaningful ways that we can extend hospitality that will leave a lasting impact on others.
Biblical hospitality is all about showing people the love of Christ, simple gestures of kindness fall into the realm of hospitality.
It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day, to show a lonely soul compassion or to encourage a shut in.
I’ve thought of some simple ways that you can extend hospitality if you’re short on time, on money or space.
Send a Card
You can usually find discounted blank cards or a box of all occasion cards at a low price. Keep a stash on hand, along with stamps, to use whenever the moment strikes. Always try to get the card sent when you think of the idea, women tend to multitask too much and too often things like this get pushed to the side for the more important tasks at hand. Then what ends up happening is we have let that moment slip and by the time we remember it may no longer be the perfect timing to encourage the person.
If you don’t have an address, ask around, I’m sure someone you know has what you are looking for! Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. The person you are blessing will be touched by your thoughtfulness when they check their mail, and that’s what counts.
Send a Text
If you’re out of cards, send a text or an email. Letting others know you are thinking of them and praying for them may be just what they need to hear. Our words of encouragement are powerful.
If you’re strapped for cash or time, simply dropping off flowers will cheer anyone! Aldi always has great prices on flowers. Or pick wildflowers if you have the time and eager kids to help!
I don’t think you can look at fresh cut flowers and not feel happy.
Drop off Coffee
Coffee has to be the way to a woman’s heart. I know a close friend who was struggling and many times she would receive a random knock at the door and it was a church member in the area who decided to drop off coffee for her. Let me tell you, that always made her day and made her feel like she wasn’t forgotten. Try it sometime!
Meet at the Park
If you don’t have the space to have another mom over for a playdate, then plan on meeting up at a nearby park. Sit and chat while your kids play. Seek out a struggling mom, a new church member or a new mom who may just need to get out of the house for a few hours. Having an adult conversation does wonders, I think we can all agree on that.
If we have the continual mindset of offering hospitality, we will always be on the lookout for simple ways that we can bless others. This doesn’t mean we have to overwork or overwhelm ourselves with having every church member over every Sunday of the year but it can mean looking for out the box ideas to encourage others. While we should extend hospitality by inviting people into our homes, we can do so much more to be a blessing in ways that won’t take too much time or effort. Imagine the smile that you could put on someone’s face by simply sending a card. I think I’ll go do that right now!
Your turn! What are your favorite ways to extend simple hospitality to others? What can you do this week to bless someone? I love sending cards!
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