Saturday, August 26, 2006

WHAT WE ARE AT HOME

Godly living at home and with family in the mundane, routine, and daily is the first and final front in the invitation to cultivate Christlikeness. Here is where weariness and tedium and all-too-familiar pressures expose us as we are in our most unguarded dimension of life.

This is most often thought of as our fall-back position, our place of retreat, where we are at our most basic--even raw--condition of being and relationship. Here, where there are no clients to impress or sales to be made or standards of achievement to be measured or production quota to be met, we talk and interact and assess and surmise and reflect and re-gather our wits with those most nearest and dearest to us. What we are at home is what we--for better or worse--are.

Yet even at home--and perhaps particularly at home--the simple fabric of life produces the grist for conflict, challenge, values-expression, clarification, and decision. Here is where Christ abiding in one's heart and his Reign in one's life is ever brought to consciousness and into the mix of relationships, words, actions, and responses.

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