...Looks like a mess!
But it’s not.
It’s where children live, and play;
And imagine and create.
Now, on some days, believe me, I don’t see that, I’m ashamed to say. I see the mess. However, I have long been committed to letting my children live in all their childish glory, within reasonable limits and respect for the others who also live in this house. I was so proud to get a few windows cleaned this morning. I fleetingly thought of those days when I had just one child, and I would sit after cleaning the WHOLE house...the whole thing...all cleaned at once. I would admire how perfect everything looked. I was young and a little silly, and the LORD taught me over time about letting people “live” in my house. That my house and everything in it is here for us to use, a gift from Him. And that everything in my house is to be used to serve and minister to others. I’ve been in homes that were uncomfortable because they were “so perfect” you were afraid to drop a crumb. And other homes might not be comfortable because of chaos and dirtiness.
I’ve grown now to enjoy that my house is not always “perfectly” clean, and that’s O.K.. I’ve also learned what really does need to be done... keeping the house clean, tidy, and organized is healthier for everyone. And I’ve also learned the things that really “push my buttons”. I can’t stand dirty windows or a messy and dirty kitchen! I feel like the whole house is dirty if my windows or kitchen is not clean. Even then, I don’t get upset with my family and others who visit my home for getting them diry, because my priority is that our home serve us, not the other way around. (However, the children are a little “trigger shy” about touching the windows...hey, training is good too! LOL).
So I’m sitting here on my couch, looking at my perfect house; it is PERFECTLY LIVED IN.
For His Glory!