Halls

No Excuses

Lessons from Erik and Melissa Hall, a Journey family who moved to South Africa to be missionaries.

I can’t. I don’t know what to say. I’m too busy. I will another time. What if he thinks I’m weird? What if I offend her? What if he says no? I don’t know how. That person is a stranger. That really isn’t my thing…

A few weeks ago one of the sweet girls that I coach showed up at our usual pick up spot for church with a little girl who was 6. I assumed it was her sister. I started asking questions because I didn’t know she had a sister so I was surprised. I try really hard to get to know the girls I coach and the kids we bring to church. After lots of smiles and questions of me trying to understand who this sweet child was that was in our car, Lusanda finally explained that this sweet 6 year old was her neighbor. She had invited her neighbor to church.

When we arrived at church, Lusanda took her hand and led her inside. She proceeded to make them both a cup of coffee with lots of milk and sugar. She stirred it ever so carefully and uttered quiet warnings that it was very hot. The music began and she guided her guest to a chair where they sang together and then at just the right time, Lusanda took her neighbor over to the children’s area and checked her into to the right class. After church was over, she made sure to get her guest a donut and talked to her about the picture she had colored in class.

Lusanda is 10 years old. If she can invite her neighbor to church and show her the hospitality and love of Jesus, then any reason we come up with NOT to do the same is weak.

I can’t….yes, you can.

I don’t know what to say…Just say “Hey friend, I love spending time with you and would love to invite you to church with me.”

I’m too busy…No you’re not.

I will another time…Do it now, today. Our days are numbered and Jesus will return soon.

What if he thinks I’m weird? You probably are weird. We all are a little weird in one way or another so that part is settled.

What if I offend her? You won’t. Love isn’t offensive.

What if he says no? No worries. Ask again.

I don’t know how…Ask God to show you how.

That person is a stranger…maybe for now, but that person may end up to be a really good friend one day.

That really isn’t my thing…Yes, it is. Followers help others follow. Christ didn’t give his mandate to go make disciples to just a few people. He gave it to everyone.

Love makes you do crazy things. At least true love does. Good people don’t go to heaven. Saved people go to heaven. Make no mistake there is a difference. The precious blood of Jesus covers all of our sin and weirdness. It is a good gift worth sharing with others.

Lusanda loves Jesus and she simply wanted to share the good news with her neighbor. What a blessing it has been to witness Lusanda’s idea of hospitality and friendship. The sweet thing too is that Lusanda’s neighbor comes every week to church with her and now Lusanda’s brother is coming too.

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Mark 12:31

“Go and make disciples of all nations…” – Matthew 28:19

“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” – 1Peter 4:9

“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” – Romans 12:13

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2

True southern hospitality still exists. If you don’t believe me, just ask a 10 year old.

From South Africa with love,

– Melissa Hall


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