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How to Not Be a Perfect Hostess

I heard an ad on Pandora today that appalled me! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! It went something like this:

“If you’re still cutting up fresh vegetables and cooking dinner when your company arrives, you’re being so rude! You should use [insert brand] pre-seasoned canned vegetables instead and stop bring so rude to your guests.” 


Oh my, how far we have fallen! We can probably all agree that fresh produce is healthier than canned. But that’s not the point (though it is kind of sad). The point is… When did hospitality turn into perfectionism? 

When it comes to hosting, I stress over getting everything “guest ready” as it is… I don’t need someone telling me that if my meal/house/etc. aren’t perfect then I’m being rude! THAT IS NOT TRUE! 

You don’t have to be the perfect housekeeper or the perfect, plan-ahead cook to be a good hostess. You just need a servant’s heart and open arms. The Bible didn’t call us to perfection (in the modern sense of the word), it calls us to hospitality. That can look like ordering pizza and playing games with friends or chatting across the counter while you finish cutting up vegetables for a home-cooked meal. 

The point is… Where you are, with what you have to offer, be a blessing to others. Forget the perfectionism… Nobody is looking as closely you are anyway. 😉


2 thoughts on “How to Not Be a Perfect Hostess

  1. Wow! What a terrible ad indeed! I’ve been thinking so much about hospitality lately and, you’re right, hospitality doesn’t equal perfection. In fact, I would go so far as to say that true hospitality is inviting people into your life, as is, uncooked vegetables and all! Thank you for sharing.


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