When you visit a house you might find a welcome mat, something to let you a visitor know that you are a guest, valued and people are happy to see you. I think organizations should practice a spirit of hospitality to strangers who find their way to their doors. Having been a church member all my life its especially important for a house of worship to be welcoming and happy to see new people who walk across the welcome mat. Who knows, they might come back and could be a regular visitor who could become a member that will make important contributions to the community or organization. Now not everyone is going to be a repeat customer or visitor but its good to be friendly to everyone.
Be sure to welcome strangers into your home. By doing this, some people have welcomed angels as guests, without even knowing it…Hebrews 13:2
Now on my blog I make it a practice to be welcoming to everyone. It’s just how I roll. Now it doesn’t mean someone can come in and be unkind. Being kind is a practice that is often hard to do but it is worth it. Hospitality is a concept and its something that is practical. Welcoming a stranger is important because they might be someone valuable who could help your life and yes as Hebrews says you might be welcoming an angel. So as the movie “Beauty and the Beast” once said “Be Our Guest” and everyone should be welcomed in any place in this life.
It really doesn’t take a lot of effort to be nice, kind, friendly. Reaching out to new people is in all of life will help you in life be more social and that will benefit you in so many ways. A smile, a handshake or perhaps a hug will connect you to someone who might make your life better.