Friday, June 4, 2010
No, not this Mary! I'll keep Mary's last name out of this to protect her privacy and because it is well known in our area. Her house was been listed at $1.2 million. In nearby the nearby Erie area, that price is not uncommon. Forty some miles away in Podunk USA where I live, it is unthinkable.
Several years ago when the girls were tiny, my husband and I worshipped at the same church Mary and her husband did. They invited us to lunch one Sunday after the service. I was so excited I could have cried. Her house looks like a small castle, and I was going to get inside!
I was so surprised when we got the tour - room after room of ordinary furniture and decorations - plain and simple. If there was a day's worth of use out of something, there was no need to replace it with something bigger, better, or fancier. When it was time for lunch, our meal was served on dinnerware that at the time being sold in the local grocery store as a premium.
Later when were were leaving were thanking our hosts, I mentioned to Mary that I would love to have her over but that we just lived in a 14x70 trailer and that I would invite them when we were able to entertain in a house. She told me that if I ever waited for the time to be right, we would never have friends over.
That thought has stayed with me through the years, and I wanted to share it with you. I could go on and on about the flaws in our 100-year old house; but I love this place. I decorate with my quilts and cross stitch, his golf clubs and golf balls, and the antiques and prim stuff that we both like. There is a purple and yellow plastic toy box in the living room; and when Natie gets into it, there is junk all over the floor. I love it when all the family is here. The mess on the floors makes me itchy to run the sweeper; and nine times out of ten before they all are out the driveway, I have it plugged in and ready to go.
But Mary was so right. Anytime is a good time to have friends over. Don't forget to entertain strangers for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it. Hebrews 13:2