2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
Welcome begins with an attitude and ends in action. What welcome looks like on the outside. A stranger for the first time walks through the doors. They are greeted with a smile and "hello", but it doesn't end there because they are welcomed, they are engaged in small talk and thanked for being there. They are made to feel that their presence is appreciated and desired. They find a seat and sit quietly waiting for the service to begin. They don't know anybody and maybe are a little shy and not so quick to jump strangers with conversation. Before they could think a full thought another smile comes up to them and introduces themselves, again engaging in small talk and questions that show their interest. They are actually listening to the answers this stranger gives. The stranger begins to soften and feel truly welcomed. This is not the only smile that greets them or engages them in some conversation all the while making the stranger feel as if these smiles are truly interested in them as a person and it is not all a show like they have seen before. The stranger begins to feel that maybe these smiles are different than other "smiles" they have met before. Something seems so welcoming, kind and sincere about these smiles. What is the difference, the stranger wonders and then realizes that the difference is a true love for Christ and people. The stranger feels welcomed and it isn't long before the stranger isn't a stranger anymore.
I hope that my attitude and actions are those that speak welcome.