Home is where the heart is…
Who hasn’t heard this a hundred times, but is it true? I propose that it’s not.
My heart is lots of places; it’s in Greece and in Swaziland; it’s with my friends in Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Netherlands, Romania.
Where is home then? Home is where the journey begins. It is where a traveler returns between adventures. Home is where there is love and family, whether they’re related or not.
Home will always be there to greet you. Home is where you know where the nearest store is and where the best place to get a good cup of coffee. Home is where you give directions instead of asking for them. It is where you regroup, save up some money, and figure out where your next adventure will take you.
Home could be the town where you grew up, the place where your parents live, it could be where that somebody special is waiting for you. Home may be the place where you return knowing that your friends and family will always be there. Home stays largely the same but the person who returns from the journey is not the same one who left.
Home is happiness and peace knowing that you’ve returned from a great adventure. Home is also pain and confusion coming home from a great adventure only to find that you can’t go back to the same roles as the ones you played before. Home will always have a part of you, but that part will never be the whole of you.
You can stay home and life will stay the same; you will love life and have great relationships. If you stay home things are easy, but if you go on great adventures and let the world change you you’ll find that the person who returns home will be a grander version of you than you would ever find staying home.
Don’t let the fear of the hard times that come when you return home from a grand adventure stop you from going instead know that the pain that follows the return is where you’ll grow the most.
Romans 5:3-5 (New Living Translation)
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.