How To Change The World From Your Kitchen- the powerful effect of simple hospitality

 

We underestimate how simple it is to create change in our world.

To make a tangible difference.

Did you know that today, in your own cupboard, there are likely the tools to better someone’s life?

Just make someone dinner. Before shrugging that idea off as too simplistic, hear me out…

Feeding people is about more than their hunger for a physical need. 

 

 

How To Change The World From Your Kitchen- the powerful effect of simple hospitality

 

 

A meal has the power to nourish our soul.

I can attest to its power. Just recently I went through an extended health challenge. People stepped into the gap and brought dinners.

Those acts of kindness and generosity restored my spirit, relieved a burden, and fed my family.

 

 

How To Change The World From Your Kitchen- the powerful effect of simple hospitality

 

 

They don’t have to be fancy, or even homemade.  I am not a great cook. Yet, when someone is suffering? The thought truly matters more than the meal.

I was reminded of this while bringing someone a meal last week. The man looked at me, surprised.

No one has ever done anything like that for me before!”

 

 

How To Change The World From Your Kitchen- the powerful effect of simple hospitality

 

 

Hospitality isn’t complicated

It wasn’t a special meal, just a simple pantry sharing from one house to another.

Guess who was blessed that day, my neighbor? Or me?

With very little effort, with minimal ingredients–We have an astounding capacity for changing people’s lives.

Generosity of the hands leads to a generosity of the spirit. Click To Tweet

The recipient will feel the love behind the gift, and then they too can look for a need. Make a meal.

 

 

How To Change The World From Your Kitchen- the powerful effect of simple hospitality

 

 

If this is a new concept for you, here are a few tips to make it easy:

  • Send the food in disposable containers. The recipient then doesn’t need to think about returning dishes
  • Keep the meal simple. Complex flavor profiles might be wasted on a family with small children
  • Ask about food allergies or preferences before cooking

 

 

How To Change The World From Your Kitchen- the powerful effect of simple hospitality

 

 

  • If possible, include paper napkins and plates
  • Add a short note, a scripture, a flower. Some personal touch
  • If possible, make an extra for their freezer. I have some great meal planning ideas here
  • No time to cook? Grab a frozen meal or pick up a gift card

 

 

We can make a difference today

Changing the world from our kitchen…

I asked a few friends of mine what meal sharing means to them–

 

 

How To Change The World From Your Kitchen- the powerful effect of simple hospitality

 

 

Being given dinner for me means generosity and also building relationship. It’s more than just food. Food is just a bonus  — James Prescott

Reverence that I’m actually worthy of being given the time and money and effort that meal is a result of — Lotta Wanner

When I create meals, I pour my soul into the bowl — Renee Baude

When we received meals for a week after my wife miscarried, we knew for the first time that our family wasn’t just those who shared our genetic code, but included people in our church who knew our mess, but loved us anyway — Chris Morris

 

Make a plate, bring a smile, share life.

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14 thoughts on “How To Change The World From Your Kitchen- the powerful effect of simple hospitality

  1. Christa this is a great topic! When my sister in law has a baby and we lived 800 miles apart–I sent enough Panera gift cards for a few dinners. I new my BIL passed Panera on his way home from work.

    It wasn’t much but it was enough to lighten the load.

    Thank you!

  2. Great idea Christa! We usually share what I cooked if I cooked too much. I usually take it to our neighbors or send it to family members. It’s a simple thing but it means a lot.

  3. Christa,

    Thanks so much for sharing! Today I was actually was able to take a meal to a family from my church who just welcomed a new little one. It really is meaningful! I love the tips you offered. I didn’t think to write an encouraging note or include flowers! Next time!

    1. That is awesome Karissa, having been on the receiving end, it surely meant so much to them. I am so glad that worked out for you. Thanks for sharing today!

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