They say that you learn more in college from the people you live with than from your classes. I pointlessly denied this until I realized it's true. The girls at House 29 are my best life coaches and friends this side of the equator.
We had a classy dinner with all the lovely ladies of the house last Wednesday, and I actually cooked! I’m halfway to wife material, guys! More importantly, I think I'm becoming more like the other women who write on this blog.
We're so excited about the next semester of college and our potential to use hospitality as an outreach. Our house has become a haven for many students who've enjoyed our company or the movies we watch or simply being fed (because you never say no to free food in college, am I right?) but even more than that, it's my hope that they've felt welcomed and valued with us, in the atmosphere we've intentionally created and strive to maintain. The feedback we consistently get from guests (which I trust is due neither to the house smelling well-lived-in nor its looking like a residence belonging to elderly grandparents) is that it feels like home.
As wonderful as it is to share these kinds of beautiful moments among family and make treasured memories within groups of friends, I'm learning to expand my horizons and grow my vision for the people not yet being reached. Hebrews 13:16 in the Message paraphrase puts it like this: "Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship — a different kind of "sacrifice" — that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets."
Our home is "just" a college house, with humble furnishings and decor that was pronounced out of fashion long ago. But we keep it clean and tidy, arranging each room as prettily as we can. Our budgets are tight, so we do things frugally, but that doesn't keep our table from groaning under the bounteous spreads we set on it. In short, we're learning to be faithful with what we have, counting on God to miraculously provide what we have hope in our eyes for and beyond.
It's so refreshing to give a different act of worship a try. If there's something you have the desire to do that will extend your reach — something new, something intimidating, something you've been putting off — let me say then that you have everything you need to do the work that is set before you, right now, and Hebrews 13:21 is for you and me, friend:
May God now put you together,
Provide you with everything you need to please him,
Make us into what gives him most pleasure,
By means of the sacrifice of Jesus, the Messiah.