For many, and I among them, we have cherished the “home is my castle” mentality. This is not a negative, and even though it may appear to be an oxymoron, it is not. Our homes should be places of refuge, such as a castle, but our homes too need to be like an open garden, a place of welcoming and resting. Our homes should be “safe” places for people, and also a welcoming place for new people, new relationships.
Home is where the heart is. If our hearts are open to the Lord and His passion and compassion, surely we will yield to Him, and seek to open up our homes to new people, and new relationships, and the deepening and strengthening of existing relationships.
One of my concerns in the “house church movement” is the capacity to “ghetto-ize” and become separate from those relationships we had previously. I am seeking to remain connected with people I was once closer to, and also seeking to re-connect in some relationships that have become somewhat distant.
This year, I am seeking to be more open and more generous in how I live my life. When I have been hurt, rejected and wounded, I have sought to protect myself by cutting myself off from others. I look forward for the Lord to continue to renew relationships in my life, and I am thankful for the relationships the Lord restored and strengthened in 2005.