When I launched this blog, I wanted to “share my table” with as many hungry readers as possible so I did a lot of studying on how to create a successful blog. One piece of advice that blogging experts are united on is the importance of knowing your audience. You have to ask yourself this question: Who is my reader?
Keep that person in your mind and write each post as if it were a personal message to them. If you write for yourself, you will be your biggest fan, but you won’t have many followers. Since this blog is called The Shared Table, I decided to turn the tables and ask all of you who have stumbled on or been directed every so subtly to my blog: Are you my reader?
You’re my reader if you:
- are tired of living in your shell; it feels safe in there but after awhile, it begins to stink.
- want to open your home but are waiting until: the kids get older, you have a bigger place, you have more time, more money, become a better cook.
- would rather share life than share the juiciest gossip.
- want to but fear reaching out to others.
- realize you’re supposed to “love strangers’ but don’t know any.
- you value relationships and community more than commerce and productivity.
- want to get over your perfectionist tendencies about hospitality.
- think there must be more to hospitality than napkin folding and appetizers.
- need encouragement and skills to impact your community with the love of Christ.
- want to be more available.
- sense that something spiritual takes place when you share your table.
- long to be at home with God, with your neighbors and with yourself.
- are interested in discovering the real meaning of hospitality
THE LAST COURSE:
Have you ever thought about inviting someone to your home for a meal, but didn’t act on it? Next time, take a minute and think about how you feel when YOU receive an invitation: Excited? Wanted? Accepted?
When God invites us to his banqueting table, he offers a feast that feeds our hungry hearts and makes us long for more. Do you know anyone with a hungry heart who would be thrilled to be invited to your table? Don’t wait, don’t hesitate – issue the invitation, and focus on feeding their hearts.
Isaiah 55:2 “Listen carefully to me and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance.”