It starts with a smile.
To look someone straight in the eyes, see into their life, and welcome them to yours.
It’s a simple hello and follows with an honest ask: “How are you?” Then, taking the time to look and see as they tell you. You remember what they said, follow up with another question, ask them again about it next time you two run into each other.
Something so small, which may at first be perceived as insignificant, quite possibly makes all the difference in the world.
Hospitality reaches beyond our homes—it’s bred in the tiny details of the day. Opening doors, sharing a smile, complimenting a jacket or eye color. It’s spreading wide our hearts to all those we rub shoulders with throughout the day. It is seeing someone—really seeing—with a deep soul-eyed stare. Noticing the person—not the problem, not the situation—but deciding to invest care into the stranger, approach them as someone created in God’s image and sharing in their value.
Listening instead of lecturing.
It’s the little things that make a person feel seen, set apart, welcomed and connected, embraced right where they are, as they are, in that moment.
**I’m delighted to be over visiting Leslie Verner at Scraping Raisens blog today. Read the rest of my post here, then stick around and read some of her work!