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Have you ever walked into a clean, perfectly-put-together hotel room? The beds are made and the wrinkles are all removed from the sheets and pillowcases. The floors are clean and vacuumed. The bathroom sparkling with freshly washed towels stacked perfectly on top of one another. In a sense, you don’t want to touch anything, because it just looks so good.
Do you know what adds to the room? The guest services.
A hotel can turn from good to bad, just by the people who are suppose to serve you. If you walked into a hotel and the whole group of service people were rude and arrogant, do you think you’d want to go back? No. Why? Because they make you feel unwelcomed and unappreciated.
what is hospitality?
What does hospitality mean to you? What comes to your mind? Being served dinner at your friends’ house? A nicely made bed?
When I was younger, I thought hospitality was where we did something nice for others, like made them dinner or I gave up my room for a guest. Was I right? Well, maybe a little, but that isn’t all it is…
According to the dictionary, hospitality means:
5 things children should know about hospitality
Both my parents are quite hospitable, perhaps that is why I never really understood what the word meant, but either way, I am thankful. They taught me so many things that I must do for people that I am sure that is why I love to give so much.
Children should learn how to have an attitude. Not a rebellious/disrespectful kind of attitude, but a hospitable attitude. They should learn to welcome in guests (strangers might be pushing it…) with a smile, a hug, and a warmth that makes the visitor feel welcomed. Whether you child is having a “bad day” or a “good day” their attitude of hospitality should not waver.
One thing my mom has instilled in me is the need to have a clean house. Is it clean all the time? No, of course not. We’re not that much of a clean-freak, but we do have it clean most of the time. If we know friends are coming over, we know we need to make sure our house is acceptable..unless they are like super close friends, then we don’t worry about that. *winks* Giving your children chores is a great way of making sure your house is tidy every day. It doesn’t need to be spotless, just tidy enough that if a surprise visitor comes over, you won’t have to have them stand outside your door in order for you to tidy up.
I have always been told that as a Christian we should serve others. Most of the time I love serving, because that is usually how I show my love, but sometimes my love takes a siesta without letting me know. *winks* Anyways, teaching your children to serve willingly and with a glad heart is a really important aspect to hospitality. Getting guests drinks or serving meals is a great way for your children to show hospitality.
Sometimes with being hospitable it means you have to give up your seat, or offer up your room to guests. My brothers and I have been taught this ever since we were little. We were taught that if you see an adult walk into the room and all the seats are taken, you get up and offer them your seat. Also, whenever we have out-of-town guests, it is either my 18-year-old brother or I, who give up our rooms. We don’t usually complain about it, because this is how it has been since we were tiny. So part of being hospitable is giving up something that is yours, to make your guest feel loved and welcomed.
Another thing about hospitality is that you are also being an example. You are portraying what a good host/hostess should be. It will not go unnoticed. If you go out of your way to serve them their favorite meal, give them a clean bed, make them comfortable, they will notice the care you have put into them and they will replicate that in their life the next time they have guest over. If you are a Christian and your attitude, your service, and your readiness to give up something shines through, imagine what that says to them about God?
when should I be hospitable?
In all honesty, being hospitable never should have a on/off switch. We should always be willing to give up our seats for others. We should be quick to fulfill the requests of strangers, as long as it is within reason.
I love the verse Matthew 28:20 where it says: “ For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” If Jesus, Son of God, is worthy enough to serve and be hospitable to others, shouldn’t we do the best we can to be like Him?I will receive commission on any sales made on my blog. To learn more, read my disclosure policy.