If you plan to accomplish anything in this lifetime, you must have some goals and plans or nothing will get done.
Goals can be for personal development, marriage, or family. Have you ever considered making goals for hospitality and outreach?
This week look around at the people in your churches. You do not have to look very far to find fainthearted and discouraged people.
The Bible says in Philippians 2:4 says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man on the things of others.” Many times we are so busy with life that we fail to reach out and encourage others.
Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our day…If we are going to make our lives count for eternity, we must set goals and daily plans. Here are a few ideas you might consider when setting your goals and daily plans.
1. It is helpful to keep an organizer or a weekly “To Do” list.
2. Keep a master calendar for family members. Place church activities, doctor, dentist, and all appointments on it.
3. Try to plan three months in advance and be sure to block out some time for entertaining and hospitality.
Remember your real goal in hospitality is to encourage and to show Christ’s love to others. You do not have to be a Martha Stewart or Emily Post to be able to minister.
My husband and I have friends who live in Pennsylvania. My friend is a wonderful hostess. Years ago, she shared this piece of advice with me. She said, “I always plan a monthly dinner for twelve people. If I am going to prepare a nice meal, it is just as easy to do it for more people”. She and her husband have a Sunday school class of 100 people. Her goal is to encourage this class through the ministry of hospitality. She knows that in this Sunday school class there are people who are discouraged and many of them are ready to “give up” just because of the stresses and pressures of life.
As you begin a new year, set some goals to be a blessing to those in need of encouragement.