The Hostess with the Mostest

21 07 2011

OK now that we have the party planned, we have the folks invited and the festivities have begun, we must make sure we create an atmosphere that makes all of our guests feel greeted and received.  It’s that good old southern hospitality.  You know that warm welcoming feeling you get when you have arrived some place that feels friendly and embracing.  A place that you feel like you can kick off your shoes and relax.  Well that tone does not just happen it is REALLY up to the hostess to set it.  Just think about it, if folks don’t feel welcome, appreciated, comfortable, why would they want to come back to your house?  This also applies to all we do at work, in organizations we may serve and at home.   Think about it, if you are leading a committee and folks are serving on this committee with you and you don’t make them feel valued, why would they want to volunteer with you again?  If you don’t make staff feel esteemed and treasured why would they want to continue to work for your company?  If you don’t make your husband feel cherished and respected why would he want to come home? You see a woman that has a hostess with the moistest like spirit is a servant first.   She is a great host everywhere she goes and has a way about her that makes everyone feel at ease and comfortable. That is exactly a characteristic of a virtuous women…

 “She extends her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet.” Proverbs 31:20 & 21

What I get from this bible verse is that a Virtuous Woman extends her hand to those in need.  She really does make sure that everyone around her is taken care of in her house and in her community.  She uses her hostess with the moistest like qualities to serveall those around her.  Yes, she is a servant.  No she is not a selective servant, she is an ALL time servant and attentive to the growth, needs and enlargement of everyone in their life.  In actuality to serve God really is to live in service to others.   In the world we currently live in with or cell phones with text messages and our computers with emails we are losing touch with others.  The need to reach out and touch, takes away our ability to see the need to motivate, encourage, support and YES to serve others by lifting each other’s spirits.  So this week’s topic is really looking at how we lift up, celebrate and congratulate others on a daily basis.  This is a call for each of us to learn the skills of being a hostess with a mostess in all we do.  To humble ourselves and make others feel appreciated and needed so that others can see the God in us as we serve them.  Instead of us looking to be served!   What are some ways you can give to others that will make them feel welcome, appreciated, supported?  The small acts we do really do make a HUGE difference in the world and allow others to feel valued, so let’s make it a point to go over and above this next week and beyond to make our village feel the love!  That’s really how we each become the hostess with the mostess.

 “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”  – Mother Teresa

“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King

 “I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

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