My last blog was about serving, and I realized one way to serve others is to be hospitable. Hospitable people are open to receiving people into their homes and lives. I think of them as the people that everyone likes to go and visit. They make you feel welcome and special. You feel at “home” in their homes. It is a beautiful talent to have, and I believe that we all should make an effort to learn how to be hospitable instead of relying on a few to do it for us. In fact, Paul makes hospitality a job requirement for overseers in the Ecclesia (1 Tim 3:2). He also tells all of us to “practice hospitality” (Rom 12:13b).
As many of us know, 43 years ago, here in the United States, abortion became nationally legal in January of 1973 by the ruling of the United States Supreme Court, regardless of no legislation sponsored by the people via Congress. Underscoring this ruling was Justice Blackmun's claim, "…we cannot determine when life begins." Since this ruling was legalized over 53 million babies have been “extracted” and/or "vacuumed" from the wombs of women in the USA, of which 86% have it done for convenience (birth control) and 45% of these women are repeated clients.
We live in a selfish world. It is not a new thing, for Christ warned His disciples of it when ten of them became jealous and angry over James and John asking to sit beside Him in the Kingdom. Jesus warns them “that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant…For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others…” (Matt 20:25-26, 28, NLT, emphasis mine).
So, it is now 2016, and every year I hear people come up with their “New Year’s Resolutions.” I think the number one resolution is to get in shape, but since I have never done a scientific survey on that, I am not totally positive I’m right. Yet, if I am right, then the first exercise we all need to do is smiling, so that our facial muscles stay in shape. I am calling anyone who is interested in feeling better, to start a smile revolution.