Saturday, July 31, 2010
Romancing the Home
One of the highest callings for me as a wife and mother is creating a home environment that is peaceful, welcoming and beautiful for my family. My home is a reflection of my love for my family. I try, through the atmosphere of my home, to minister to every member of my family, along with any guest that crosses our threshold. I believe that creativity and beauty are part of the character of God. He expects His children to use these gifts for His glory by ministering to one another in His name and to bring the light of His truth to a dark and fallen world.
God created man for relationship. First, for relationship with Him and then for relationship with each other. Over the years, I have come to realize that we are called to have an attitude of hospitality rather than an attitude of entertaining. Have you ever considered the difference between hospitality and entertaining? Entertaining seems to be about opening up your home for tours and enjoying the ooh's and aah's of your friends, family and co-workers as they admire your wonderful taste and the money it must have taken to accomplish your beautiful show-place. Hospitality, on the other hand is all about ministering to the needs of others. Think about it - the root word of hospitality is hospital. And what goes on in a hospital? The diagnosis and curing of diseases and the cleaning and bandaging of traumatic injuries. Isn't that what our homes should be? I believe that our homes should be hospitals - first for the ones God gave us to take care of, our family - and then for any other person that God leads through our doors. We should be ministering to peoples physical bodies as we minister to their minds and souls.
Just as hospitals have equipment and systems put in place to take care of disease and injuries, our homes should be similarly equipped to take care of the physical and emotional needs of all those who enter. I don't mean that we should have a triage nurse posted at the front door and keep a stock of splints and bandages to take care of broken arms (although as preparedness types - that would be handy!). I mean that we should always have a pot of tea available and a listening ear. We should have a tidy, well run attractive home that calms and refreshes. Nothing in our homes should be so precious that we are devastated if they are broken. Our attitude should be that we are so pleased to have our husband and children in the house, that we are willing to quietly tend to all of the dirt they bring with them. Our homes should be about serving on another.
As wives and mothers, we have a wonderful opportunity to impact our families and society at large. We can create such a haven in our homes that our children bring all of their aches, pains and broken hearts to us to be mended. They will, in turn, bring their friends to be ministered to. Our husbands will find rest and renewal within the walls of home. All who enter our gates will see the love of Christ as we minister to their bodies and souls with a cup of tea, a biscuit and a genuine interest in who they are and what is going on in their lives.
I love my family. It is my great pleasure to love them and serve them in the home we share. I romance my home so that I can romance my family.