Life is for flourishing. You and I were born to flourish in life. Stress, worry, strife, and toil seem to be a normal part of life, but they do not exist in a flourishing one. You are created for more. You are designed to prosper, excel, thrive, flourish.
The Bible talks about flourishing through life in various passages: flourishing in faith, flourishing through the Word, flourishing in His house, and flourishing within your own home.
Psalm 128:3 Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table.
I don’t tend to think of myself as flourishing when I am at home. Most of the time I wear old clothes, no makeup, and flat hair. Housework is my least favourite activity in all the world. I would rather do pretty much anything other than cleaning or laundry. Domestic goddess? Far from it.
In the musical fantasy film the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy (played by Judy Garland), declares with great longing, “There’s no place like home.” She travels through an enchanted land full of adventure, yet through it all, pines for home.
Home is anything but ordinary. In all of life’s adventures, the place where we flourish, is home. Not the workplace, not the Friday night drink destination, and not the arms of another. We reach our peak at home. Flourish first at home.
Home is not mundane or boring. Home is a place of thriving excitement. Where love abounds, and laughter overflows. A place where confidence is built, and memories are made. Flourish first in the home, and other areas will follow. After all, there really is no place like home.
Flourish. And be amazing.