Who immediately comes to mind when you hear the words outrageous hospitality?
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m a visual learner. When I watch this story, I see it. A beautiful illustration of what outrageous hospitality looks like. Ludmilla inspires me.
I want to be like Ludmilla. Actually, I want to be a guest at her table! She’s a beautiful role model of hospitality. I want to have a simple table that is spread with abundant love. To offer an atmosphere of joy and peace. I want my home and table to be an extension of the Kingdom of Heaven.
But, I often miss the mark. I get so worried about the details of decorating the table and preparing complex recipes (remember I’m a foodie) that I miss the blessing and the joy of the meal. I have too many stories of Pinterest perfect parties and holidays I’ve planned at the expense of making sure my family and guests felt outrageously loved.
Do I love a good party? You bet. And making fantastic meals served at a table that is decorated with welcome, creativity, and cheer? Yep. Love it. And I believe all those things are fine as long as my heart is in the right place.
Ludimlla has many characteristics that I admire. But, two stand out as true inspiration and even instruction—
prayer and presence
She serves with the ministry of presence. Fully present, often laying everything aside for unexpected guests, Ludmilla serves more than just cookies and tea. She is offering her heart to those who are in trouble or in need. I don’t have enough margin built into my life for the same kind of ministry. We are clearly in different seasons of life but, that doesn’t let me off the hook. How often have I been too busy to take a meal to a friend in need, or stop and have coffee just to listen to a neighbor share her heart?
Ludmilla also prays, not just in advance or after her guests leave, but right there on the spot. Then, she gets out of the way and allows God to do what only God can do—transform lives. All that and a cookie, too!
I wonder, as I prepare my heart and home for a simple coffee date with a friend or an elaborate dinner party,
Could I put a plaque next to my door that says Embassy of the Kingdom of Heaven?
Am I fully present? Are my motives for hosting self-serving or genuinely out of care, concern, and love? Am I more concerned with Kristin or with being an ambassador to the Kingdom?
From a tiny kitchen table in Prague to my heart in Austin, Ludmilla inspires and encourages me. To pray, to be present, and to be open to opportunities given to me to offer outrageous hospitality.
Day #2 Table Talk: Who inspires you to offer outrageous hospitality?