Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
Living overseas has deepened my idea of home.
The Bible clearly says that this world is not our home. Yet here we are; we get to live here for some eighty years more or less. And even if it's not perfect, it can be a wonderful place to be.
Our real home is with Christ. Hallelujah! Remembrance of which provides extreme solace for those who have no home, are removed temporarily, or whose home is involuntarily less than ideal. Even though we might get mighty comfortable here at times, it's really only a place we're passing through.
...Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.Oh golly! Sometimes I feel like I just can't wait.
Still, while we're here we reflect our unique personhood in the ways we leave our mark on the people and places we touch. This could be good or bad, depending on the free will of the individual. As believers in Christ, we are God's people and so somehow, I think this means there should be something distinctive about the marks we leave on the world. But what does that mean? Mama Squirrel asked the question, "Is there a Christian "decorating" ideal? Or an "ideal" Christian decorating style? What do you think the inside of a Christian home should look like?"
Wow. I had never, ever thought of that before. I cannot think there would possibly be a plausible argument for only ONE ideal christian decorating style. However, there definitely are considerations we'd make as to figuring out whether or not our style, conscious or unconscious, is more worldly or more fitting with the Christian ideal. Which I think we could safely define simply as: to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.
How we are, the way we appear to others, how we accomodate our homes, all reflect what is most important to us to one degree or another. Here are some questions I started asking myself to evaluate how much my style reflects the Christian ideal...
- Does your style honor the Lord? How?
This can look VERY different as reflected by unique individuals.
- What does your style emphasize?
- From the viewpoint of those who visit your home, what is evidently most important to you? How important are these same things to Christ?
- Would Jesus be comfortable here?
Often this will have to do more with atmosphere, than style, but still. ;) He is a God of truth, beauty, goodness and order.
- He made us all unique and knows what each is capable of... are we doing our best?
- How does our current home remind us of our real Home?
Interesting thoughts. Worth a minute's reflection.
I encourage us to consider. :)
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. (Hebrews 11:13)
A Pilgrim's Warning.
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. (1 Peter 2:11)
This post has been ever so slightly to balance out my own jovial post here, about how we make our homes a reflection of us. Make sure to read the comments if you find the tone overly obnoxious. :) But also, because again, Mama Squirrel made me think. :)
This has been another reflective post on the fifth chapter of The Hidden Art of Homemaking, by Edith Schaeffer (if you grab it or one of the other books above from those there amazon links, I promise to be ever so grateful!) To read more posts from Cindy's online book club, click over for the linky.