The rooms of our home were narrow and small. I was once the guest in a marvelous mansion nestled in the mountains where a gallery stretched the length of the front of the house, and where the light and shadow of the forest played continually in the rooms. The kitchen was almost as large as my downstairs, and the living room was exquisite with its muted tones of soft pink and grays and beiges.
My hostess, a lovely Christian woman, was sharing her plans for some social affair. Over a hundred guests were invited, and they would fit most comfortably into those elegant and spacious rooms. In kindness, she turned to me and remarked, “But it really doesn’t matter how much room you have, does it?”
I thought of my 13’ x 13’ living room, of the close quarters we experienced when we had a group of 30. I thought of of people sitting on floors and crowded into corners. I thought of of all six of us sleeping in the three upstairs bedrooms when we had two live-ins. In response, I laughed, good wholesome humor welling up in my heart, “Oh, yes it does!”
But, my hostess was right. It really doesn’t matter what size your rooms are. Somehow Christ expands the walls or compresses the people. We always seem to fit. It is the offering of what we have that counts. It is the depending upon Him to create more from what we give.
For decades, Karen Mains and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
An award-winning author of several other books, Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This microfinance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
In addition, pastors will find special resources to help them create effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.