On this second edition of a “Suburban Bootcamp,” Bryce and Ashley Hales talk together about how the gospel reorients our relationships vertically with God and horizontally with others. So how do we make the mental shift from the allure of convenience to moving outwards towards others?
Hospitality flows from God who has made room for us — seen most clearly in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Ashley posed a few helpful diagnostic questions as we think about hospitality and making room:
Where am I making room in my time?
Where am I making room in my body for others — do I look at people? Do I see the needs around me?
Where am I making room in my affections — so that I’m looking for ways to connect with others who are far from God?
(Here is the link to the book we use for praying the hours: https://amzn.to/2CEPK9J)
But where do we start? Bryce encourages to embrace awkward and be a good neighbor and start today in one small step.
ONE SMALL STEP
Put a date on the calendar three weeks out.
Create a reason to get together with some friends, neighbors, and people you sort of know. Try out your favorite barbecue recipe, or grab a Costco lasagna. The point is to make room in your schedule and your home to really see people.
Hooray! A Leader’s Guide is coming soon for Ashley’s book, Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much. With chapters on hospitality and busyness, you won’t want to miss the book, or the chance to read and talk about with friends. Buy yourself a copy (hey! pick one up for your whole group) and stay tuned for the release of the Leader Guide!
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“Hospitality is about making room.” @aahales @bahales #Findingholypodcast #suburbanbootcamp https://apple.co/2UcXdEl
What to do when you feel like hospitality is all about Martha Stewart. It starts with a Costco lasagna and baby wipes. #hospitality #suburbanbootcamp #FindingHolyPodcast @aahales @bahales https://apple.co/2UcXdEl
“Making room” makes the gospel and hospitality feel accessible. #findingholypodcast https://apple.co/2UcXdEl
Learn how to be hospitable even when you find your kid’s underwear while you’re having people over. Join @aahales and @bahales on The #FindingHolyPodcast: https://apple.co/2UcXdEl