The theme this year for MOPS is "the home factor," so at each meeting, we discuss a different room of the house. We've talked about the dining room and how to create special memory-making meals for our families. We've covered the family room, learning guidelines for what we allow our children and ourselves to watch on TV. This week we discussed an area in our home that I rarely think of--the doorways.
Our speaker encouraged us to think about doors--how important they are in welcoming others when they're open or in providing boundaries when they're closed. (Our verse for the day was Deuteronomy 6:5-9, which of course made me think of when my sister literally inscribed her doorpost with Scripture.) The message this week encouraged us to consider what our front doorway communicates to people, so our speaker asked us a few questions: Is the outside of our home welcoming? With the way we live, do we give the impression that we're a revolving door (constantly rushing around), a door with a "do not disturb" sign, or a door that says WELCOME?
I think we were all touched by the message. I was challenged to be more intentional about welcoming others into our home. We have a few groups we host on a regular basis, but I want to pursue extending invitations beyond that. I want our doorway, and our lives, to say welcome.