When I was a little girl, I always loved having people in my home. I dreamed of a day when I would have my own house and host my own parties. As an adult and since being married to Jon, we have prayed time and time again for a house that would be a blessing to others. For a house that would be filled with people who need Jesus and who always left feeling filled up, encouraged, and most importantly, loved. A house that people would literally feel something special when they walked in. I have prayed for our home to be a safe place and a light to others. I have prayed that any extra bedrooms can be the bedrooms of sweet and dearly loved adopted children one day. I have prayed that so much love fills our home, that we are able to pour love onto our neighbors and strangers who we haven’t even met yet.
This past July we began looking for a new house. After months of searching, living with relatives and moving multiple times, we were finally given a home in March 2017. Every day when I walk in my house, I am still amazed that I have been entrusted with this home and I know that we have been given this house for a much greater purpose than what we can see or plan for!
When the day finally came to move in, we had painters at our house and new carpet laid within 3 days. Once that was finished, we began unpacking boxes, organizing, and decorating. My Pinterest boards were finally beginning to come alive. The house was quickly filling up with our “stuff” and I was so excited. However, as I stared at our boxes, questions began whirling around in my head about all of our “stuff.” I had to quickly do a soul-check and I thought of this verse:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21 NIV
I have studied this verse and I have prayed about this verse to myself and over our house. I have prayed (and still am) through my question of “How do I buy, decorate, and furnish a house without storing up treasures of this earth?” I haven’t been searching for an excuse to justify my desire to decorate or my desire for worldly things. I have truly wanted to know what that verse means and how I can apply it to this particular season of life I am in.
I recommend these two readings if you want to dive deeper into studying this verse with me:
In the midst of praying for our house and working through this verse, I have been reminded that it isn’t about the house, but about the lives that will be changed because of Jesus in this house. In the midst of decorating and wanting everything to be perfect, I have told myself to not place worldly possessions in places of my heart where only holy things should dwell. Is decorating bad? No. Not unless you make it determine your self worth. Is buying a house bad? No. Not unless you make an idol out of it.
As we admire our freshly painted walls, we know that hand prints will show up. As we admire our clean new carpet, we know that footprints of loved ones will leave their marks.
As we try to make our house look like my Pinterest board, we know it isn’t about whether or not we have treasures. It is where we store them that makes the difference.