What is the atmosphere of your home?
Every one of our homes has an atmosphere. I once heard someone use this expression and it really struck me.
Sometimes you can feel it when you come into someone’s house–it might be the sweet atmosphere of love and cheerfulness or it might be the rancid atmosphere of tension and depression.
How will your children describe the atmosphere in your home when they grow up? Will they remember your home as being a place where they had lots of fun? Will they remember the atmosphere as being warm and joyful? Or will they remember clouds of coolness, criticism and irritation?
Will they remember Dad laughing and wrestling with them and playing hide and seek with them or will they remember him as the irritated guy who kept yelling, “Why doesn’t anybody in this house ever turn the lights out?”
The key to a cheerful loving atmosphere in our homes is for us to seek the Lord. As we spend time with Jesus regularly in his word and ask him to fill us with his own joy and his own affection for our family he will transform us. The joy of the Lord in our hearts will manifest itself in our homes.
Obviously, this applies to every believer, married and single alike. In fact, there is not just an atmosphere in our homes, but an atmosphere around every one of us and an atmosphere in every one of our churches.
It is the transforming power of the gospel, the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control that perfumes the air we breathe in our homes, apartments, and churches.
May the fragrance of Christ sweeten the atmosphere around us wherever we are.
photo by timsackton