Your True Home


The most desirable place on earth is the pits compared to an eternity with Jesus. You will never be truly at home until you're with Jesus.

They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland.” Hebrews 11:13–16 (nlt)

Home. I was really missing it as my SUV’s odometer ticked the miles farther away from my roots. After seven years living in a “new” place, you’d think I’d feel at home there—but no.

Although I had spent my first three decades wishing for adventures beyond the place of my steady suburban upbringing, I continued to be surprised at how much I missed the familiarity of what I had left behind.

Now, as my own little family drove farther from my childhood family, I chided myself again for feeling ungrateful: Look at all the dreams God has answered! Stop complaining because you’ve been surprised by the locale.

To which my other self countered that I am very grateful; I’m just weary of trying to fit my square self into a round hole that still doesn’t feel quite right. Blessedly, as I watched countless vehicles zoom by, the Holy Spirit whispered a precious reminder: “Let your roots grow down into me; build your life on me. Then you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:7.)

Oh yeah. One more time I needed to refocus my roots. I suppose the real tragedy would be to live blinded to the fact that the most desirable place on earth is the pits compared to an eternity with Jesus. I will never truly feel at home until I’m with Jesus.

FAITH STEP: Purchase a small “Home Sweet Home” memento—a magnet, plaque or wall hanging. Place it where you’ll see it daily as a reminder of your true home.

Written by Erin Keeley Marshall


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