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A House or a Home?
by Teresa Bell Kindred
The following paragraphs were reportedly taken from a 1950s Home Economics book and do not reflect the views of this author!
I dont know about you, but if my husband came home from work and our house was like the one described above, he would turn around and leave. He would assume Id either flipped my wig or he was at the wrong house.
Times change, and so do our definitions of family. The traditional family seems to no longer consists of a father who works, a mother who stays home and 2.2 children. Whatever type family you have, large or small, two parent or single parent, there is one thing that hasnt changed when it comes to families; more than anything children needs a parent who loves them enough to spend time with them.
Today, most of us have multiple televisions, several telephones, two car garages, and still we want more. We work more hours or take a second job so our kids can have expensive tennis shoes like their friends or go to ball camps in the summer. We make payments on a house that we hardly do more than sleep in because were either at work or chauffeuring the kids to social or athletic events.
Many children dont need another Nintendo® game, but they do need a father who reads the Bible to them in the evenings. Many children dont need another pair of expensive tennis shoes, but they do need a mother who will listen to their prayers.
In our haste to make money, we may be overlooking what is really important; serving the Lord and knowing the joy of contentment. When this life is over, God wont care what we owned, but He will care about what we did with what we were given. Did we share? Did we feed the hungry? Did we clothe the naked? Did we train up our children in the way they should go?
Lets remember where to deposit our treasure and where to invest ourselves in this life!
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt and where thieves break through and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven... (Matthew 6:19)
Title: "A House or a Home?"
Author: Teresa Bell Kindred
Publication Date: July 8, 2003
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