31 Days of Cultivating Hospitality: Day 11 {Obstacles}

obstaclesIf you’ve ever been the recipient of invitation and experienced the warmth of being cared for by another, you know that hospitality truly is a beautiful thing.

But, if hospitality is so wonderful, why do we hesitate to do it? What keeps you from opening your home (and your life) to others?

I can think of eight reasons that keep us from offering hospitality to the people in our lives. They are obstacles that clutter the path forward, making invitation more challenging.

I think I can even boil them down into two basic categories: personal and cultural.

    • personality
    • busyness
    • lack of skill
    • feelings of insecurity
    • modern American culture
    • restaurant living
    • online/media-driven lives
    • overprogrammed church life

This week we’ll take time to look at all eight. I’m guessing you’ll find that some resonate with you more than others. But I think it’s important for us to identify the things that hold us back from hospitality if we’re to overcome them. Because obstacles are meant to be conquered. {wink}

Grace and peace,

Shannon McKee


31 Days HospitalityThis post is the 11th in a series of 31 days of posts where I’ll be exploring the topic of hospitality. If you missed the beginning, you’ll want to go here to get caught up. I’m linking up with other 31 Dayers here, if you’re intrigued and you’d like to see more or check out some other bloggers who are writing on a variety of topics. I’d love it if you came back to join me for all 31 Days so feel free to subscribe and get my little blog delivered right to your inbox. You can do so in the top right corner of this page.

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