Soon after our move to Atlanta, I was sitting in the home of a gracious and inviting new friend. A perfectly-sized, perfectly-decorated, perfectly-located, perfectly-perfect home. And suddenly, our new home, the nicest, newest, largest home we had ever lived in, seemed...... well......severely inadequate. And my thoughts went something like this: “How can they afford this? In this neighborhood? They’re our age! I know what he does. I know about how much money he makes. They have to be in debt up to their eyeballs!” You get the picture. Jealous. Ungrateful. Self-righteous. Ugly. Have you been there? Our homes are the ultimate status symbols in our culture. And it is so stinking easy to believe the lie that the externals of our homes are what matter most. The next morning, I stumbled across Psalm 90:1. And God reminded me that an eternal perspective is the only thing that makes me content with what He has (or has not) given. That indeed, He, my Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer, is my dwelling place.
The theme of home is powerful throughout Scripture, important to us because it’s important to God! So let’s create beautiful places and spaces for our families to live and love; it is part of our calling as women, wives, and mothers! But let’s prioritize the internal and eternal over the external and temporal, remembering that ultimately, what we see really will pass away and that Jesus, right now, is creating for us an eternal home far beyond our imagination. He really is! And until He brings us home, He will be our home.
- Read John 14:1-4 and Colossians 3:2.
- Where have the external and the temporal overtaken your focus when it comes to your home?
- What is one internal and one eternal quality of your home on which you can focus?
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