"…And she smiles at the future." ~Proverbs 31:25

On our recent camping trip, we strung up a makeshift clothesline to hang out some wet clothes after fishing.  It was only up for a few hours before we needed that rope for something else, and yet when we pulled the clothes down we found this in the pocket of Troy’s shorts:

We’d seen some small birds hanging out near our picnic shelter (I want to say finches, but a bird expert I am not, so who knows?) but we couldn’t believe that they’d chosen a shorts pocket as their building site and had moved in so quickly.

(By the way, I’m going to go out on a limb here–pun intended–and say that the Heath Bar wrappers were already in the pocket before the birds began their nesting. I won’t say how they got there. But they weren’t MY shorts.)

The next day, Troy reached into our 12-pack box of lemonade to grab a few cans for the cooler, and guess what he found inside?

Here’s a closer look:

I know it’s hard to see well because of the ground it’s sitting on, but there was quite an elaborate construction in that unlikely address!

Here’s a picture I haven’t shown you yet, but it was one of the first things we found when we surveyed our campsite, and you need to know about it…

…because when we turned that nest over, we saw it again!

Let me zoom in for you:

Amazing, right? In a way, I wanted to applaud these little birds for their resourcefulness. After all, they used what was available to them and were satisfied with it, and we could all learn a lesson from that. But, it was also sadly apparent that they made some really rotten choices for their construction sites! And I think there’s a lesson for us there, too.

How much of our time, money, and energy do we pour into obtaining and maintaining the perfect home here on earth? We know it won’t last, but we often let it become our focus. We forget about II Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

For those of us who are homemakers, we see our homes as a reflection of ourselves, and rightly so. It’s important to be good stewards of what we’ve been blessed with, and if it’s our job to take care of the house then we should certainly do the best we can with what we have. But what if we took some of the time, money, and energy we spend caring for the HOUSE (cleaning, decorating, shopping, repairing, remodeling, and so on) and put that into making a HOME instead? What if we emphasized loving, laughing, teaching, learning, growing, bonding, encouraging, praying, and serving each other over our houses and the things they contain?  Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it….”

If I’m going to make a home, I want to establish it in the best possible place. I want to be building for eternity.

“For our citizenship is in heaven,

from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” 

Philippians 3:20

Thanks for stopping by!


Comments on: "Should we be building here?" (4)

  1. Karen Sneed said:

    Amy, I remember you as a pretty, smiling little girl. Everytime I read one of your posts it makes me smile because you’ve become such a beautiful, wise young woman! Your family is so blessed because you take such good care of them and you obviously love what you do! The kids will so appreciate (if they don’t already) when they’re older and they can look back and read all these wonderful stories you’ve written about them. The world needs more young mothers like you!

    • Karen, I’m not usually one to be speechless, but I’m humbled to that point after reading your comment. Thank you for being such an encourager. Your words mean more than I can say.

  2. Wonderful post, and so true! Living in Africa sure has helped me learn that we are quite capable of living with much less and still be happy and content. We have become quite accustomed to living in a drafty concrete house, with no ac or heating, and concrete flooring. These days the things that matter more to me include a clean, plentiful supply of water, fresh air, and good health. I love nice things as much as the next person, but they aren’t the key to happiness. Using more of our resources to accomplish heavenly goals rather than spending so much on things that will rust and decay would certainly be the wiser thing to do. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Joy, your comment is the perfect addition to this post! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me and with those who read this blog.

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