Coming Home

8 03 2010

Our daughter is home for Spring Break. It is always a joy to see her smile. She brings beauty and laughter with her every time she enters a room. Her presence around the dinner table makes us feel complete.

It is in her attitude about coming home that I most clearly see Jesus. She is thriving in college – making friends, stretching her heart, and soaking in the education she has dedicated herself to achieving. But she is very aware that school is not home. It is a temporary place. There is much to be embraced, absorbed, and enjoyed about college. She loves it, but lives with the reality that it is not a permanent home for her heart. It is a training place, a learning place, a growing place, and a blessing place. She commits herself to living in the moment, but always has her eye on when it will be time to come home.

I want to be like her. I want to see my surroundings for the temporary dwelling that it really is. I want to long for home the way she does. Living with a “coming home” perspective changes my priorities. I don’t need to invest myself so heavily in the temporary things of this world. I can look at my circumstances, struggles, and to-do lists with eyes that long for home. This life is a training place, a learning place, and a growing place. Here I learn to look like Jesus. Here I am shaped to walk with Him, grow in Him, and imitate Him. Here I learn to long for home.

My Jesus Resolution today is to point my heart toward home. I am going to spend time today thinking, reading, and praying about home. I am going to connect with my Father who is getting things ready for me. I am going to look at the events of my day with eyes focused on home. I am going to let my desire to see Jesus color every part of who I am. I can’t wait until it is time to come home.


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8 03 2010
Oleta Coleman

Beautifully worded! We all need to be reminded from time to time that absolutely no part of this world is permanent. Thanks for the reminder that we must be about the “preparing for home.”

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