Home is where the heart is

Recently I’ve been nervous about finding a new home.  I still have a year til graduation, but I have no idea where I’ll be, and I’m already preparing for the mental breakdowns and tearful walks around campus. I just love this place so much—this actual place.  The ACU campus is a huge part of what drew me here when I came to visit in high school.  I just thought it was so beautiful, and I’ve grown even more attached during my three years as a student here.  I have certain spots around campus that are “mine,” where I go to hang out with people, have precious conversations with friends, and spend alone time with the Lord.  I’m very much a place person—being in a physical location triggers so many memories and emotions for me.

But then I thought about the phrase, “home is where the heart is.”  Yes, it’s cliche.  Very much so.  But have you ever really thought about it?

Where is your heart?

If my heart is in Christ and He also lives in mine, we should find home in each other—wherever we go!  The Bible also says we should be rooted and established in love.  I don’t know about you, but I want my roots to be deeply embedded in Christ’s love, not in a certain town, state, or country.  We always talk about people’s “roots,” the place they were raised or like to call home, and these places should be appreciated for the memories they hold and growth they spurred.  But while these physical roots are comfortable, they can so quickly lead to complacency and sometimes even to idols.  We get adjusted to the place we live and forget God brought us there with a purpose and mission to do His work.

I don’t want to glorify or cling to a place, even if God has done amazing work there.  The true place He works is in human hearts, and those follow us wherever we go, so that we will never be without a home.

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