A Purposeful Home
Our home isn’t just for the sole purpose of our comfort and shelter. Our house is one of the many resources God has given us to use for His purposes: to reflect Him and our relationship with him, and to show love to people. The people in my life are my family, friends and even the stranger I meet along the way.
Over the last few years we have regularly asked ourselves: Is our home servings its purpose?
How does our home
- reflect God?
- reflect our relationship with Him?
- help us show love to people?
- help us reach the goals we have on our heart?
Each time we discuss this we come up with an area that needs some attention. Here are some random thoughts, decisions and goals we’ve come up with over the years:
- Hang wedding photos in the lounge-room. We made a conscious decision to keep a framed wedding photo on our lounge-room wall – it makes a statement: we believe in marriage. This is something we want our children to know as well as anyone who visits us.
- Make bookcases for all to see – Books reflect the things that you consider important. Many conversations have started as people browse our bookcases.
- Keep significant reading material on the coffee table for kids and visitors alike –books or magazines of interesting topics (topics to think about, places to see, new skills to learn), family photo books, guest book for visitors to sign
- We have kept a few toy boxes for the young kids that come and visit
- At the moment we have the space for a guest room and though the room gets used for other things I want to be able to set this room up quickly for guests. I’m working on keeping a shelf in the room for the things that we use to make a welcoming guest room.
- Recognise what talents the kids are pursuing and ensure we have the space available to them. This has meant some creative thinking at times.
- Buy a large dining table
- Build a fire pit for social gatherings in the backyard
- Make changes in the yard, recognising that our kids are growing up and their friends are older as well – they no longer need the swing, sandpit and trampoline…. But what would help them entertain their friends? So far we have a very high cubby and cushions to make it a great reading or hanging-out spot, a dam for floating rafts, table tennis, darts – we are still working on this area.
- Arrange our lounge room for conversation though furniture can be moved around for different functions like watching a movie or playing on the wii
- Have a freezer meal ready to share with someone in need
As homemakers we can get caught up in the keeping it clean, decorating, and decluttering but we forget its true purpose. I often wonder if an anti-God regime took over our country and soldiers burst into my house would they know that God dwelled here?