Years ago I decided to stop apoloizing… for the condition of my house, that is.
I was a young Mom at the time & went to the home of a friend who had a
gorgeous house that was “magazine” perfect. But throughout out time together
she continually interjected apologies for this and “sorry about that” and fusssed
around putting “junk” away.
Hmm, not only was her house nicer than most people I knew, but her “junk”
would’ve put most of my nicer things to shame. And if she thought her
beautiful home was “a mess” then she better not EVER come to my house.
That was it. I decided on that day that I would NOT do this to anyone else.
My house is the best I can do with the time & resources God’s given us.
People will always be MORE important than “stuff” and my house serves
our needs… we don’t serve it.
So, when I’m tempted to relapse and start apologizing I remind myself that:
1. My house is a gift (& I totally LOVE it, by the way)
2. It serves me, not vise versa
3. People are my priority
4. Vain “apologies” are really selfish complaints
5. I don’t ever want to make someone feel uncomfortable
6. A gracious hostess is far more noticeable than a few dusty corners