One of the hardest places to live a transformed life is at home because those who see us most know us best.
Hopefully we are all making small incremental changes. But these changes are hard to see if you stare. They are most obvious out of obscurity. Those who see us least see us change the most. This is why it can be hard to change at home.
My daily reading this morning was from Luke where we read the story of Jesus healing a demon possessed man. The now healed man asks Jesus if he can follow Him, but Jesus tells him to stay home and tell everyone about the good things God has done.
The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. (Luke 8:38-39 NIV)
This demon possessed man was healed in the cemetery and told to go home. His healing was sudden and surprised everyone but his transformation was slow and inspired everyone.
Living healed at home gave this man the chance to live out the goodness of God in the land of the living. He was used to howling in the tombs of the dead. It was not his next few weeks where people still remembered the sudden changes as much as the next few years that they observed the slow restoration.
I am so grateful for my wife and kids and the home environment we continue to build to help allow slow growth at home.
It is simply too easy to hold people hostage to their past and not allow them the grace to make incremental changes that we all need to make.
Life is celebrated in big events but grown in the daily routine!
A healthy home starts with letting people change and celebrating the smallest of these steps. Let’s look for these little changes, and highlight the progression.
The ones that see us the most are positioned to help us the best to live Healed at Home!