Most of my readers know by now that the heart of our home is the culmination of each member’s identity in Christ. If each and every member of our home is living a life to be pleasing to the Lord, then the home will be a pleasant place, a place where we love one another, put one another’s interests ahead of ourselves, and are a testimony to the world of what a life filled with Christ’s love can do. That, simply put is the heart of our home.
Now, from a worldly viewpoint, the other heart of our home is the living room, our “hub” so to speak. Here is where we greet one another, snuggle on the couch to read books together, gather with our church family, have family discussions, and with our home businesses, we often have our laptops in there working while all the evening’s activities are going on around us. Our living room is also the “sick room”. When someone gets sick, the couch is the place they lay with their pillow and blankie so that they can be lovingly tended to by others, even as we go about our daily work.
This is also the room where we greet our guests. I cannot even name all the precious visitors we have had there: grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, book club girls, our minister, missionaries, neighbors, customers, and others.
The living room is often where ideas are born, discussed, rehashed, debated, rejected, affirmed, and acted upon.
Several years ago a friend gave me a certificate for a “free room makeover consultation.” This company would come in, look at what you already have around your house and re-do a room with your own stuff. I picked the living room and she made this room a very stylish room. She whisked away all the clutter (imagine that!) and placed items so beautifully and artistically that now everything in that room has a very specific place and there is little space for clutter. This was terrific because now, the “heart of my home” is very easy to clean and have “company ready.” This might be something to consider if you like to have guests over to visit, or would like to do so more.
Here is what I would like to know: Where is the Heart of Your Home?