HomeA place of belonging
When I looked up the word “home” in the dictionary, it said, “Home is the place where one lives.”
I disagree. Home is more than that. If the place one lives is an alley or a homeless shelter, is that home? Even if you are with your family, does that make an alley or a shelter a home?
Home is more than just the place you live. My family and I live in a big, white house. When you drive past it and you just glance at it, you might think, “Oh, that’s just a big house.” But if you stopped just a minute longer, you would be able to tell that it is more than just a house.
If you looked into the backyard, you would see hundreds of footprints in the snow, most of them leading to a big fort that looks like a beehive built into the earth. If you were lucky, you might even get to see four children playing outside. You would also hear the sounds that children make when they are having a good time.
It is up to you to make your house into a home. If a house is meticulously clean, it will not feel like a home. A home needs to be a place where it is okay to make mistakes.
There is an old cliché, “Home is where the heart is.” This is a good start, but it does not go far enough. Home is not just a place where you live, it is the place where you belong. You don’t really belong in an alley or a shelter, even if that is where your family is – because they don’t belong there either.
The Bible tells us how to make a home where everyone feels like they belong. Colossians 3:14 says, “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”