thoughts on home.

sometimes there are a bunch of random things just floating around in my mind, and it takes me a bit to realize that they’re actually not disconnected at all. over the past couple weeks, in different forms and by different means, there’s been something i’ve been thinking about.

home.

what kind of image does that evoke in your heart? because it’s definitely a heart thing for me. what comes most immediately to mind is these beautiful people:

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(especially that one in the top left. wowza.) spring break is coming up in a little over a month for me, and that means i’m missing my family more with each day. the older i get, the more i cherish the relationships the Lord has blessed us with. one of the things we’ve talked about a lot in sunday school is the nature of the Trinity, and how we can experience love from our human relationships as a taste of what love within the Trinitarian relationship looks like, and what God’s love for us feels like.

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isn’t that awesome? God let’s us experience a reflection of His love in the relationships we have with others, and for me, with my family in particular. that’s probably why i so easily associate the idea of home with love.

but if home is where the heart is, then a significant piece of my home is at camp. home is, after all, a place where you are most comfortable, right? it should be, at least. i mean, look at this place.

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home is where you learn about yourself and what it looks like to love people well. camp is like that too. things have started to gear up for this summer already, and it’s insanely exciting and awesome. meeting new counselors (well, creeping on them), praying for God to do incredible things, writing to campers… it’s all so awesome! it makes me so pumped that this summer, even more people will experience camp as home.

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and man, being able to say that i have a home with these guys?

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awesome. the past two weeks i was house-sitting for someone and actually lived at their house the whole time. and while it was nice to have a place that felt kind of like my own for a bit, i missed these men terribly. the night i returned, we had our monthly house hangout night. we caught up on life and played games and it was awesome. God has provided home here, among my brothers in Christ. we went around the table and shared what our plans were for next year, Lord willing.

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it brought a smile to my face and an ache to my heart, knowing that God has some incredible plans for us, but that we’ll be going our separate ways. a few of us will be staying in muncie, and while there will certainly be more opportunities for fellowship together, things will still be different. and that’s okay, that’s how life works. just makes right now, being home with these guys, even more important.

underlying all of these thoughts of home has been the memory verses for action group:

“but our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly bodies to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.”
>> philippians 3:20-21

isn’t that such a sweet reminder? our citizenship, our home, is in heaven. no wonder we’re called to set our minds on the things above (col. 3:2)… that’s where we belong! and these old, tired, sinful bodies will be made new, perfect. that is a wonderful thing. what a homecoming.

as beautiful as all these glimpses of home are, we were created for a different, complete kind, and it’s one we will be able to experience with our Savior. if home is where the heart is, and my heart was buried and is raised with Christ, then i can’t wait to get home.

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3 thoughts on “thoughts on home.

  1. Taylor Byrd says:

    This is really great, Brad!

  2. jhough61 says:

    Touching thoughts horse. There really is no place like home. I thank God that he has extended home to include other people and places that you kind find joy, love and acceptance. That really is a gift only God himself can give. LYH!!

  3. Mom says:

    Wonderful thoughts Brad. You are So. Loved!

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