WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017

What Makes a House a Home?

Have you ever walked into a house that was displayed with the most beautiful décor money could buy? Tastefully put together, all the right accoutrements to make you feel special are in place. But somehow, it simply …
Have you ever walked into a house that was displayed with the most beautiful décor money could buy? Tastefully put together, all the right accoutrements to make you feel special are in place. But somehow, it simply isn’t the warm-and-fuzzy feeling you had initially anticipated.


It didn’t have the feel of Sue’s house that doesn’t have everything in place, but it’s tidy enough. Her walls aren’t graced with beautiful paintings, but rather she has pictures of weddings and children and other family members, though perhaps a bit outdated. Sue’s kitchen always smells of home-baked goodies and family dinner on the stove. You feel instantly welcome with anticipated excitement. Nothing is more special about her home than … you.

I am not insinuating that a really put-together, beautifully décored house can’t leave that I-just-want-to-sit-here-and-chat-forever feeling. I have been in many such homes. But how terribly sad it is when it looks so together on the outside, yet once you’re on the inside, it is cold and sterile and lifeless. So, what is the secret ingredient in the warm, cozy environment of home? The US in the H-O-U-S-E keeps it simply that, or the US can make it a H-O-M-E.

What does the US look like in your house? Is yours a house of love, of comfort, refuge, and release? Do you season your mealtime with dialogue and laughter? Do you spend time with your children, know the pulse of their days, and set boundaries as a parent to send the message you love them? Do you tell them God has a plan for their lives? Do you pray with and teach scripture to the toddlers, and encourage the older ones to do devotionals and/or to ask questions about what they might not understand about God? Are you loving your spouse out loud so there is no doubt in his/her mind, and especially the children’s, that you are committed to one another for the long haul?

If you can answer yes to these questions, you have put the –M– (or Mmm) into house and more than adequately fashioned yourself a home. You are to be commended! Yours will be a home your children and grandchildren will long to return to …often. What a legacy you have made for yourself.

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