When my husband and I were dating, we both agreed that if we ever got married we wanted a home with an “open door policy.” A home where anyone was welcome at all times was something we both felt was important to have. We tried to make it as open of a home as possible, but the past few months I have felt like our “open door” isn’t fully open.
While at Disneyland…um I mean, Target, I randomly decided to look for a new door mat. Ours was old, faded, and falling apart. It was more of a “want” than a “need,” but I thought I would look to see if anything caught my eye. I saw one that I immediately fell in love with. It plainly said, “All are welcome here,” and…it was on clearance! Fate!
My husband was shocked I didn’t pick a prettier, flower filled, bold colored door mat, but I insisted this was the one. When I put it down in front of our door, I knew it was perfect for our home. I knew it was just right. It was exactly where it needed to be.
God has put a lot on my heart lately. I mean…a LOT. I had a conversation with someone going through a difficult time a few weeks ago about how my house is always a safe place for them. I knew exactly what that door mat was for. It’s not just a door mat for my family. It’s an invitation. Now…I’m not being an idiot. I’m not inviting people over who could potentially be dangerous to my family, or to come over when I’m in the shower or sick, etc. I have a security system. It’s not like I’m literally leaving my door open or saying people can come over no matter what.
The thing is, not everyone has a safe place to go. If I’m able to provide that space for someone even for just a few hours like I did for that person who came to speak with me about their tough situation, I’ll do it. Even if someone needs dinner or a snack and that’s it, I’ll do it. If someone needs to come over just to have a place to be for a little while, I’ll do it. If someone needs a place to feel welcome, I’ll do it.
Not everyone knows Jesus, but I think one of the best ways to help others see the love of Christ is by providing hospitality. Jesus welcomed all people, all the time. I could make a list of all the people I think Christ loves, but it would be infinite. Proverbs 3:27 says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”
Sometimes we are really tight on money. Sometimes we look at our budget on paper and are amazed we were able to get by that month. Sometimes we don’t want others to come over because we don’t have our baseboards put in yet, our yards need serious landscaping, the list could go on. But when the Bible, the God breathed Word, is calling me to provide someone with help whenever I have the opportunity, I’m going to follow God’s direction and do it.
A family member of mine is one of the best people I’ve ever met at displaying this verse so fully. She once gave money to a homeless man a few years ago when I was with her and I foolishly said, “Don’t you worry they’ll use that for drugs or something?” She said to me, “It’s my job to help, but it’s their decision what to do with it. It’s up to God, what he puts on their heart, and it’s up to me to help where I can and when I can.” I’ll never forget that. What a huge, BOLD statement of faith and good stewardship.
I have a home. I have food. I have a lot of love to share. I WILL have an open door policy always. Romans 12:13 explains that God calls us to be hospitable and to contribute to those who need it when they need it. Our door mat says, “All our welcome here,” and that’s exactly what our family agreed on before we even started our family, before we even got married.
Our house isn’t perfect and I know it’s not always a comfortable thing to ask or do, but please don’t hesitate to ask us if you can come over at any time. Please don’t feel awkward asking to come for a meal or a place to just hang out for a little while. At our house, we are judgment free and we WILL provide love, help, hospitality, fellowship, whatever you need, wherever you need it, and whenever we have the ability to do so.
Come on over. All are welcome here.