We were free!
Because there were no expectations, we got together regularly. Kids played, moms visited. We reenacted The Shamu Show in the backyard. The preschoolers and toddlers became Killer Whale trainers and the three moms, announcers. (FYI...We lived in San Diego the home of Sea World. Side note: my kids could name sea creatures way before farm animals.)
It was A-OKAY if the other families entered a home that looked like a California earthquake had just rocked the world. We all understood. Our conversations were never finished because sentences were rarely completed (If you have little ones, you know what I mean). But the sense of camaraderie was worth every interruption.
How often do we put off getting together with friends because our home isn't perfectly cleaned, organized, stocked, or decorated?
Be free. Let it go. Make your own triple L pact with a couple neighbors. Live, laugh, and love whether or not your home is in tip-top shape. (The kids will just mess it up anyway!)
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
1 Peter 4: 9
What do you need to be free of so you can engage with friends?