What Type of Door Mat Do You Have?

What Type of Door Mat Do You Have?

Welcome. It's a word that should make anyone smile. Seven letters that should mean, "We Love Having You Here."  But unfortunately, sometimes we don't get that message across too well. I'm sure, just as I have, you've felt unwelcome somewhere, even though you were invited. You may have muttered "why did they even extend an invitation to me in the first place?" It can be hurtful and humiliating. 

Growing up, my parents home was always open to friends and family. It seemed there was always a gang of kids swimming, eating and giggling. My mother loved feeding them and my dad loved piling extended family in the car on fun vacations. They made sure everyone felt welcomed, fed, and appreciated. I've tried to make sure that legacy continues in my own home. It's important.

There are differences in people, similar to the mats we purchase for our front doors. Some individuals exude an attitude of "You can wipe your dirt here, outside my door, but keep it there. You can enter, but only so far, as I don't like situations out of my control." There's a reason, "treating someone like a doormat," has a negative connotation. But a welcome mat mentality says something entirely different. These individuals exude an attitude that says, "Come on in. You are wanted here. How can I help you? I don't keep score." 

Wherever Jesus went, he loved others, regardless of their stature in society. My pastor spoke about this topic last week and it really resonated with me. He emphasized that one of the most important places we should make others feel welcome is at church. I couldn't agree more.

Might I point out that Pastor Bryan Hallmark is a big burly guy with a heart as big as his home state of Texas.  An Air Force veteran, he's full of patriotism and chases after God's heart with abandon. Bryan loves to cook and loves people even more. It's super important that our church make people feel welcome in every way. There are goodie bags with a mug, popcorn and a Bible for every visitor. He and his welcome team greets people with a smile and a hug. During music worship, we are encouraged to raise our arms in praise of our Savior. It's not uncommon to receive a text or facebook message from him or associate pastor, Andreas, that says, "I appreciate you and am here if you need me." I don't know how he does it in a church of over 300.  It's no wonder Bryan's sweet bald head is sweating by the time church is over.  Making people feel loved and wanted is important. It's an opportunity to exhibit Christ-like behavior. You don't have to be a pastor to do it. 

We live in a society that makes it easier than ever to hide behind our computers or smart phones. We can avoid people in every possible way, causing us to grow callous in the feelings of others. Welcomeness gets overruled by convenience. I'm sure glad God doesn't see his children that way.

The next time you purchase a door mat, perhaps you'll take more time to think  about its meaning. Might I suggest you reach for a "Welcome" one, even if it takes you out of your comfort zone? Don't be surprised if you receive an abundance of hugs, smiles and thank you's. It is not only the perfect way to allow others into your home, but into your heart. 

Brightest of Blessings, 




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