Welcome to this 31 day series where we will spend 31 days covering our homes in PRAYER!! We are also reading Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love together and each day I will share a new quote from this amazing book. PLEASE join us in the comments section as we journey through learning to love others as Jesus loves us!
Verse to Pray for Our Home
1 Peter 4:9-10
“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Father God, may we do all that we do without complaining, but especially hospitality. Help us to use our gifts to serve others, as faithful stewards of all You’ve given us.
Radical Hospitality Book Discussion
Find book here: Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love
I would LOVE to hear from you in the comments! How are you liking the book? What struck you the most??
Chapter 9 was all about BOUNDARIES. I admit, I struggle with this one.
Did Jesus have boundaries? Maybe He did…but they sure don’t look like the boundaries most of us put up these days. Even when He was tired, He healed. Even when the crowds kept coming, He kept sharing about the kingdom of heaven. Even traveling, having meals with others…He was always serving and loving.
Can I go about my days perfectly as Jesus did? No. He was fully man and fully God. He wasn’t filled with selfish desires and prideful thoughts.
But, what I can do is learn to listen to Him better. I think there are times when God whispers to me, “it’s ok to say no to this. You can’t do it all. You are human after all.”
Sometimes I listen and sometimes I don’t.
“Being a person with strong and wise boundaries does not make you selfish.” Radical Hospitality, p. 219
I guess maybe if I’m honest, I have felt selfish in saying no in the past. I have let guilt make my decisions instead of Christ.
But then I read this and it’s like a moment of relief:
“Boundaries allow us to give more to others, not less. Boundaries do not exclude the other; in fact, if you become a person with actual boundaries, you are better able to give to other people because you do not feel diminished by it. Giving is a joy because you want to give, not because someone has manipulated you and you gave in.” Radical Hospitality, p. 220
I would love to hear your thoughts on boundaries and how you’ve applied them in your own life!