Hospitality is commanded by God. But what can you do if your house is too small?
"We want to invite you for dinner. . . At your house."
It was, perhaps, one of the more unique invitations we had every been extended. But it was a practical solution to a dilemma. They didn't let their small house stand in the way of practicing hospitality.
Does your house feel too small to have company over? Here are some suggestions.
Six Ideas for Small House Hospitality
1. Take food to them.
Like our hosts/guests, you can invite yourself over and bring the food.
2. Invite them to meet you at a nearby park.
Let the kids play on the playground while the adults talk. Take a walk together. Eat at picnic tables.
3. Have them for a meal at your church.
Get permission first and clean up afterwards.
4. Have an outdoor meal in your backyard.
Grill out. Play a ball game afterwards or roast s'mores around a campfire.
5. Take them out to eat.
It doesn't have to be a fancy restaurant. In the summer it could be an ice cream shop. Pick something that fits your budget.
It's okay. Nobody really minds.
We are a big family, but we have had people graciously extend hospitality to us by means of each of these ideas, and we now treasure precious memories of the fellowship we shared with them. We have also wrangled a number of these ourselves.
Where there's a will, there will always be a way. Don't let the size of your house keep you from experiencing the pleasure and rewards of hospitality!
Laura Berrey and her husband Tim are missionaries with Gospel Fellowship Association. They share a passion for missions which has taken them to several countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. They currently minister in the Philippines.