An article in The Sunday Times yesterday talked briefly about the importance of HOME. The suggestion was that with the lockdown we have been re-evaluating our homes: what we like, what we don’t like, what works best for family life, use of space, etc. Overall, the suggestion was that we value our homes with a new commitment. Perhaps. (One or two adverts on TV draw attention to the value of our homes.) Others, no doubt, can’t wait to escape their homes – but maybe that in itself prompts questions about why they find home unsatisfactory and what they are going to do about it. Some people I hear are thinking about down-sizing.
I read somewhere that people are rethinking the significance of gardens. If you haven’t got one, or only a titchy one, should you be thinking of a move?
What turns a HOUSE into a HOME? A house is just a building. A home is “where the heart is”. You don’t necessarily need a lottery win or big credit card to call your place a home - as long as it is a place in which you can rest, relax, enjoy time with friends, learn, grow … and just be. After a spell in hospital we say “There’s no place like home”. Our homes say a lot about who we are and what we think is important in life.
Home is usually the best place to reflect on life’s ups and downs.
Home is not just at a certain address. We use the word home to identify where we’re from (home town), cheer on players who represent us in sports (home teams), describe a level of comfort (in a sense you can feel at home anywhere), relate to our national identity (home land).
A key element in a happy home is the quality of relationships between family members. There should be a shared sense of purpose while providing a springboard for each member to pursue his or her own goals. Culture and learning is passed on or facilitated. The home becomes alive, a source of energy and hope, of urgency and love. It is not the decor or furnishings of a home that makes it good; it is the life within. The ultimate beauty in a home is its emotional and spiritual warmth.
And, by the way, do you invite guests in? Like Jesus? Also, as we think about our ideal home, where will be our ultimate home?