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Home Is Why The Heart Aches

by Step on May 31, 2012

Home is a place you’re from.

Last week I made an overnight trip to Memphis to participate in a business meeting. The chalk art in the photo above was the last thing I saw as I left my house.

Home is a place you build.

A fellow attendee arranged lodging for me with a friend. My host and his family live in a house that was built in the early twentieth century. Over the past several years they have done extensive work to the house to restore it to its original beauty. Though the restoration is complete, they continue to work on the house, attempting to furnish and utilize it in ways that best serve their family, friends, and neighbors.

Home is a place you’ll go.

At the meeting, one of the points of business was the final screening of candidates seeking entry to the organization. In response to a question meant to get at the thing our organization is moving towards, one gentleman responded this way:

Putting his hand to his chin, he looked at the ground and paced back and forth. After a few moments, he looked up and said, “When I leave here today I’ll drive to my house. When I open the door my dog jack will run to me. My wife will greet me and give me a hug. I’ll pour a glass of iced tea and go sit on the patio. Someone once said, ‘All of us are just trying to get home.’ That is what it means to be part of our organization – we are people who have a home.”

Home is why the heart aches.

If we are hurting it must have something to do with home. Something about our identity isn’t as it should be. Something about where we’re from, or what we’re building, or where we’re going isn’t as it should be.

If we want something better, there are only two things we can do; knuckle down and work harder, or ask around to see if someone else will take us in.

What do you believe can be done to make a better home?

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