What a home is 🏠

These are my thoughts on a question my friend asked: "What do you consider home?" 

Home is a place defined by rest. You do not have to work any more. You do not have to pretend to be more than you are, smarter, more connected, etc. You can let your guard down. 

The people you share your home with should be people you know love you and approve of you. Should we spend our days competing, fighting, striving out in the world and then return home only to do the same? No. 

From my Wendell Berry reading I have also gotten the idea that home is something you cultivate. You put work into improving it as a welcoming place, a refuge, and it grows in value (not necessarily financial value, but more a kind of depth). When you invest in this way, it is "lived in," and we know there is a difference between that and a vacation home that is mostly empty, disturbingly clean, unloved.

Another idea that must be reconciled with the idea of home being a refuge is that we should welcome others into our home. To invite someone into your home is to invite them into your life. We should live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward us. 

Keep open house. Be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16