I have been fretting over the shape of my house lately. We do live WAY out to where most people don't even know where we are now....being in a small town that is a PERK!!
I grew up in a loving home- my mother put US before housework, and she taught US that the lives of people are much more important that things of this world!! She did teach my sister and I to clean and be responsible orderly adults. But there was a season when I can remember when she asked me "Please vacuum your room." and I asked "Who is coming over?" I love you mama!!
But what I am getting at is- I know that she is glad she took the time to spend with us and raise us in a GREAT Godly home. Despite the times we had clutter around- we knew we were love and accepted for who we were!! I loved that about growing up and in the home I came from!!
What if someone called and said "hey I will be at your house in 10 minutes" could you pick it up and close a few doors and closets and it be okay? Or would you just have them sit outside on the porch....because that was way easier to sweep in 10 minutes!
Or what if they didn't call and just showed up....would you just about crawl under a rock having to move laundry off the couch for them to sit down!! Or you offer them a drink and can't even get to the faucet for the dirty dishes!!
I have come to a season of my life that I am NOT making excuses if my house is messy anymore. I have gotten to a happy medium of a lived in house!! We have daily chores and strive to work together as a family- but if you stop by and there are clothes on my bed....IT WILL BE OK....I WILL SURVIVE!!!
What if my best friend were to stop by and just drop a load of emotions she has carried for weeks and burdens she has and needs an ear to listen....the least of her worries would be my messy house. She needs me.
In the same way my husband needs my listening ear at the end of his long day at work- and my eyes too. Not for my eyes to be surfing social websites and ears to be listening to the TV. He needs me.
My children need me too- we wonder why they don't listen to us the first time when we give them instructions. Maybe because we need to finish this last text or email- or read these comments on facebook before we answer their question or look into their eyes when they have concerns! They need me.
Are relationships more important than things of this world. Are the words we speak from our mouths to the people we love more precious than the clothes they wear on their backs?
I decided YES....for these reasons.....
Life is too short- If you were to ask the mother who lost her child at a young age. If you were to do something different what would it be? She would probably say spend time with them or hug and kiss them more....not give them anything MORE than her self.
What about the woman who was involved in a wreck and was paralyzed from the chest down- what would she say....She would probably live life to it's fullest. Stop and smell the roses more, take one more walk barefoot in the grass, climb that hill with her children and roll down the side of it.
How about the child who lost their father in the war....they would give anything to have him present at the football game or school event. And I guarantee he wouldn't be looking down at his iphone while his son was making a play on that field. Anyone willing to risk their lives for the country is not a selfish person!
So what is boils down to....IF.....IF .......tomorrow your life were to change HOW would you live it differently. Are you children less important than scrolling down facebook and looking at what everyone else is doing? So is there a reason WHY you don't sit at the dinner table and talk to the same people who live under the same roof as you do?? Do you know more about the people on social websites or know more stats about your favorite sports team than your own family??
I have had time to reflect on these things.....and I am glad God is convicting me of my happy medium....lived in home. Less facebook and more faithbook time. And seeing that we have not had cable/satellite TV since July....wow I really can live without TV and my whole family is living proof- it is possible! We find ourselves piled up on the sofa together reading, laughing and telling stories.
Life is fragile people.....we need to see the BIG picture and what life is really about and what matters the most in this lifetime. I promise you this....."The people that need you the most in their life are the ones who will be there for you the most when your life feels like it is falling apart!"