During 2013, I became very inward-focused, more concerned about growing a baby, recovery from a c-section, adjusting to having two kids than about reaching out to meet new people or help those outside my bubble. We stopped hosting the weekly Bible study & dinner for college students at our house and I spent almost all my free time at home with my family.
I think all of this is probably pretty normal for someone with a new baby to take care of. (They’re fairly demanding little creatures!) But it creates such a conflict within me — I may not be a full blown extrovert, but I start to get really sad and lonely if I don’t get to see friends and family on a regular basis. And taking care of my family is a high priority, but volunteering to help those close to me, as well as people in the community and around the world that I’ll probably never meet, is really important to me, too.
As I mulled over what I want my 2014 to look like, wrote some goals, and made plans for January, the word welcome kept crossing my path. This lovely post about unexpected hospitality pushed me over the edge — welcome it was… my word for 2014. For me, welcome means…
- Continuing to welcome my sweet baby into our family and see his personality develop (I can’t completely get away from that baby stuff!)
- Welcoming each day with a moment of quiet reflection and prayer
- Making my house a welcoming place for friends, family, and yes — even those hungry college students
- Making people feel welcome in this space, my little corner of the internet
- Carrying a welcoming spirit with me in all situations — I’ve seen time and time again how people open up and really shine when they feel welcome in their environment, whether at work, at church, visiting friends, or even just interacting with strangers at the grocery store
Do you have a word that’s resonating with you right now?