One of the big highlights of my years growing up in North Central Montana was going to church camp every summer. One of my camp time friends was a nice blonde girl from Conrad, a small farming community on the northern Montana plains.
Nancie was not only nice, but she was pretty, musically talented and loved Jesus in much the way I did. On the closing day of camp, we promised each other we’d write letters, and we would exchange one or two until the busyness of a new school year overshadowed little-girl-summer-camp promises.
Nancie eventually married a minister, was mama to five kiddos and became an accomplished author. I’m in the process of reading Nancie Carmichael’s latest book, The Unexpected Power of Home. I loved her observation in Chapter 1.
“Why is it important to reflect on your childhood home?
We look back to see the truth of our story, to understand what shaped us…We learn what to treasure, what to keep. What to let go. We learn how to build a beautiful and good home because we are informed by wisdom… ”
I recommend highly Nancie’s book, which I ordered from Amazon and am certain is available in Christian book stores as well.
Peter said, “Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul.” (1 Peter 2:11 MSG)
The soul’s home transcends that of earthly homes. Throughout my lifetime, I’ve experienced moments of spiritual clarity when it’s felt like my weary soul has found its way back home. One day, I know, my weary, worn-out body will be ready to enter an eternal home, the ultimate hope of one who is a follower of Christ.
Travel keeps me from becoming a stagnant thinker, which happens to be one of my biggest fears. I like the challenge of being a bit off balance because of unfamiliar environments, different time zones, foreign sights, sounds, smells and tastes. I absolutely love meeting folks whose worldview is different than mine, but in whom I see characteristics common in all humanity. While I look forward to and appreciate returning to the familiar comforts of home, I relish returning changed in some small way.
As I wrap up these thoughts about home, I’m praying we’ll all become more aware of the role we play in creating homes filled with peace, love and kindness.
Blessings on you and all who dwell within your homes…