In the end, home is what we make it, isn’t it? Certainly we don’t have control over most things in this life—and we can’t go back and create a different history, if our early version of home was unhappy, dangerous, or poverty-stricken. But now, today, we can make choices about what home will be for us. We can take action. We can create home.
- Before I can create (or, really, co-create with God) my present home, I must let go of former homes: the abusive parent-child relationship, the losses during childhood, the high status I enjoyed at that school or in that job, the “best neighborhood” I never wanted to leave, the community that once existed but does no more.
- Before I can co-create my present home, I must have a vision of what I value and how that will influence my choices. Do I need to live near nature because it is so crucial to my mental, emotional, or physical health? Is urban life better for my gifts than life out in the country or a small town? Must I live near a job or other institution that’s a non-negotiable right now? There are likely relationships that are especially important in this place I will call home: close proximity to elderly parents or kids in college, a life partnership that is central to who I am, a faith community that keeps me grounded and spiritually healthy.
- Before I can co-create my present home, God invites me to pray, think, have conversations, wander, explore, ask questions, and delve into my own true desires. Whichever home begins to take shape, there will be obstacles, hardships, and times of confusion or fatigue. I will navigate all of that if my spirit has its still center, found in an unwavering trust in God’s love and a steady gaze at who I am and what gifts I have to offer.
Finish this sentence: In preparing to co-create my present home, I will . . . .