Our Home Conveys Our Values
If new friends visited your home, what would it say to them?
I’m not talking about the light fixtures, paint colors, or furniture – nor anything that has to do with the latest, most expensive trends.
What I’m talking about are those symbols that point to our personalities and what we hold most dear.
Would they see artwork, which demonstrate our appreciation for the world around us? Might there be photos of loved ones, showing that we cherish human relationship? Would there be flags that present our love of America?
To be sure, our homes say a lot about us, especially our values.
Whenever we visit a church, for example, we see statues reminding us of great saints. We see icons and images of God, perhaps Jesus. We see symbols that heighten our senses and deepen our worship.
All of it can and should inspire our faith.
So the question is, what impression do we want others to be left with after they enter our homes? The idea isn’t to impress someone, but to leave an impression.
Of course, our emotion and behavior will do much of the influencing. However, our environment will do that, too.
And it’s not just about visitors.
How do we want to influence everyone in our homes, such as our children? Without projecting good, solid American values onto them – and giving them reminders where our everyday thoughts and actions should lead – a house is just a place to reside.
Remember, you were placed into your dwelling – much like your relationships and workplace – through God’s deliberate design. And like those other areas of your life, you have an opportunity to use it to glorify, build up and share your values with others.
Give your home every opportunity to shine a light on what you value.
Everyone with whom you come in contact will benefit.