“There’s No Place Like Home”
I often heard this phrase from many. What really is a home? Many may define it profoundly, but home for me is a place where parents and children or members of the family feel loved, safe, recognized and at peace regardless of whether they have or have not all the material things in life.
But what is a blessed home? A blessed home is where God is – a center of a family.
1. Where the family serves and loves the Lord.
Joshua 24 verse 15 was popularly quoted because Joshua as the leader in his family boldly decided that “as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Blessed are the children whose parents have known the Lord for they have the privilege and opportunity to be raised in a godly ways and principles. They were exposed early to worship, to experience the touch of God’s love and presence in their lives and to have the advantage of fellowship as their support group.
2. Where the house is a house of prayer.
When Peter was put into prison, prayer was uttered without ceasing in the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark. It is recorded that “many were gathered together praying” (Acts 12:12). As a result, Peter’s life was delivered out of the hand of Herod.
When loneliness creeps in when I was still single, I used to stay in a friend’s house for two to three days. I observed that she, her husband and kids, gathered together in prayer every night or whenever there were immediate needs or problems arose within the family. There were early mornings or late nights that I heard my friend and his husband praying and crying out to God. This family lives and depends on prayers especially in their trying times. And God, who is faithful to His Words, as He promised that if we call unto Him, He will answer and will show great and mighty things. I myself can testify how God miraculously provided answers to their prayers. Truly that the “family that prays together, stays together.”
3. Where love flows generously.
Give generously. How about love generously? How many times were we taught to love generously, lavishly, unconditionally? If it wasn’t for the love of God – the heaven’s touch, we will still be in darkness bound by sin. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). “I have loved you with an everlasting love…” (Jeremiah 31:3). Thanks be to God for His unfailing and unending love!
A family will always be united if there’s love and forgiveness; because love covereth all sins. Who should you love generously? Love God with all your heart, mind, souls and strength. Love your family. (They may have their flaws, shortcoming and not meet your expectations, love them anyway!) Love your neighbor (Don’t burn bridges which one day you yourself need it). Love your community. Love your nation.
As I was always taught by my elders, “Keep no record of wrongs” (though I must confess I fall short of it). Remember and reread often the Love Chapter – I Corinthians 13 (v.1-8). “Charity never faileth.”
4. Where goodwill to the needy abounds.
Don’t forget the needy for “…the righteous showeth mercy, and giveth” (Psalm 37:21). If you saw a need, fill it – whether in cash, in kind, a hug, a smile, a pat in the back, an inspiring text message, a phrase “you can make it” or just be an encourager to some one in need.