The kids walked in the door from school and a path of destruction followed. Coats slung over the chair, PE clothes dropped on the stairs, book bags and shoes left in the middle of the floor, crumbs all over the counter, school papers strewn on the table, and mud tracked all over the carpet. I stood aghast at how quickly my clean home turned to shambles in the hands of my children and tried to restrain my anger.
When my clean, well-ordered house becomes cluttered and messy, I often look around and wish for the images I view on Pinterest, in magazines, and on TV. I long to have everything organized and in its place. Every room decorated with beautiful furniture and stunning accessories. But these wishes are for a house, not a home. A house is location, a place to decorate, a place for storage.
A home is:
– A refuge for family and friends.
– Saturated with unconditional love.
– Full of memories.
– Packed with fun.
– Comfortable and cozy.
– Filled with laughter.
– Safe for all who enter.
– Family nights.
– One-on-one time with the kids.
– A place to teach and learn.
– Lived in.
No, my house does not look like a page ripped from “House Beautiful” magazine. At least not at the moment. However, there may come a day when my house looks the showplace I desire with the décor of my dreams. But that day will be long after the shoes have disappeared from the middle of the floor, the book bags are put away forever, the crumbs have been swept off the counter and into the trash, coats are neatly hung in the closet, and there’s no longer a need for PE clothes. It will be after my kids have grown up and started a life of their own away from the nest.
When I look around and wish for the “house of my dreams,” I want to realize I already have a “home of my dreams.” And I don’t want to miss it wishing for something different. After all, an imperfect home is one of life’s greatest gifts.
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” ~ Luke 12:15
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