When it comes to gatherings, I'd much rather have them at my house. We have the
At my house, I know my children are safe. I know other children coming over will be safe. We don't have any inappropriate or dangerous things. Our neighborhood is safe so the kids can get out and play. Sometimes it is just easier to do things at home. After all, with 3 kids it is like preparing to go deep sea diving to go anywhere.
I like to open up my home. I want people to be comfortable and enjoy themselves. I want them to feel at home.
I don't want to become judgemental when it comes to whom I am with at a gathering.
To answer Beth's question, I prefer not to spend my time with people who are negative, judgmental, and crude. I don't enjoy the things they enjoy. I don't like their topic of conversation. I don't like to be in a negative enviroment. I guess that is why I enjoy gatherings at my house. I can pretty much control what goes on. Sometimes those who don't have a heart for Jesus can stir things up, but that can happen anywhere.
Jesus, however, can take those situations and environments that make me uncomfortable and use them for good. He can question and convict without being harsh. Jesus is going to, not necessarily fit in everywhere, but make each place a better place because of his presence.
Whether we are having folks at our house or we are the invited guest, we should always be sure that others see Jesus in us. We shouldn't get caught up in the celebratory atmosphere in such a way that we seem no different than those that don't know Jesus.
Just because we don't drink, party, cuss, and the like doesn't mean we are better than others, it just means we are different. Jesus is different. If we are His, others should see him in us.