One concept that I have talked about in a previous blog entry is the difference between a “house” and a “home.” You may not think about there being a difference, but there is one. To read more about this, please read the blog entry from 7/9/23 titled “Making a House a Home.”
My family and I have lived in our current home for twenty-three years. We lived in a home before this one for five years. What has made each of these houses a home are celebrating each other’s accomplishments, forgiving another person when that person did something wrong, sitting down and listening to what another person has to say, helping another person when that person is having a tough time with something, taking care of a person when that person is not feeling well, going out of one’s way to do something for someone else, praying for each other, showing compassion for one another, or working together to accomplish a certain task. These are good examples of what makes a house a home.
When you live in a house or an apartment, you may call it your home for any or all the reasons that I mentioned above. My home is a place where I enjoy spending time. I love many things about our home. Not only is my house a home, but the place where my house or any other house is located is our home. Our home is Earth. Earth is home to each one of us. It is the planet that was created by God (take the time to read Genesis 1-2:3). He created Earth so that we can live here during our lifetime. It was created for us for our physical lifetime. Earth is our temporary home while we are alive and breathing. Heaven is our eternal home. If you truly believe that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, then after you die physically you will enter through the gates of heaven and spend your spiritual life with Jesus Christ, God the Father, and all who dwell in heaven for all of eternity. Heaven is our eternal home. Planet Earth is our temporary home, but heaven is our eternal home. Our time living life as we know it is spent on Earth, but it is our temporary home. The home in which we dwell each day, and Earth itself are our temporary homes. Our eternal home is with God the Father and Jesus Christ in heaven.
Times are tough for each one of us on many different occasions, maybe every day. Even though you may have struggles in life each day while living in your temporary home each day now, know that Jesus is waiting for each one of us in our eternal home. The following list of songs are ones which I enjoy listening to on many different occasions. These songs focus on heaven as are true home, the place where we will dwell with God for all of eternity after we physically pass away. Our eternal home is a place where there is no pain or suffering. It is all washed away by what Jesus Christ did for each one of us on the cross. Take the time to listen to some or all of these. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
“Almost Home” by MercyMe
“Home” by Chris Tomlin
“Scars in Heaven” by Casting Crowns
“Weary Traveler” by Jordan St. Cyr
“One Day” by Cochren & Co.
“Heaven Changes Everything” by Big Daddy Weave
“Hymn of Heaven” by Phil Wickham