Dave Robertson is the Director of Community Life at The Church of the Resurrection’s West Campus.
Did your parents have special things in your house growing up that you knew were not for you and were not used often? We had “special” items and a “special” place. Many of these items were in this place.
The place we called the Living Room. There wasn’t much living in the Living Room. Our Family Room is where we gathered for television and bumper pool games. The Living Room was set aside for special guests. My parents would host other grown-ups there after church sometimes, or if guests came over for dinner. It was very formal and clean and it was to remain so. This space belonged to my parents and wasn’t for me or my brother or sister.
My mother kept her “play pretties” there. These things were not expensive but held great personal value for her. This was her place for her things, which were a reflection of her inner character and personality. I remember as a 2nd or 3rd grader playing football throughout the house–I threw the football up in the air, caught it and ran. Except, this one time, I didn’t catch it. The ball landed on a table with one of my mother’s statuettes made to resemble small flowers. One of the glass flowers broke in two pieces. I was greatly disturbed, not just because it was in the Living Room, but because it was hers, this woman who poured out her love lavishly. What could I do? I quickly found where the glue was and began to glue it back together. To the mind of a 2nd or 3rd grade boy, I thought, “It worked!” As I began to pretend to walk by it casually and look, I could see it was broken, but not badly. Maybe no one would notice.
My mother never spoke of it to me. Not because she never noticed, but because her inner beauty wasn’t defined by play pretties, but by Christ who dwelled in her heart. She pursued “righteousness, faith, love, and peace together with those who confess the Lord with a clean heart.” She loved lavishly because that’s how God loves.
The word holy literally means set apart. Do you have things or places in your homes set apart? More importantly, do you see your life as set apart for God, knowing you were created for a special purpose, to live in the kingdom of God and serve God and others in ways that point to his kingdom?
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