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March 15, 2015

Many years ago, there was an unprecedented riot in my city. Mum had to walk some distance to pick us from school and we had to walk that distance again to get to the car. It was as though the whole city was ablaze and confused, and all major roads, blocked. Then, there were no mobile phones.

I asked mum where we were going and she said, “Home!” It occurred to me that as confused as the roads and the unwilling pedestrians appeared, we faced different directions but were going to just one place: home! I was under ten.

In today’s world however, home is either one’s place of comfortable/preferred abode or a familiar website from which one is comfortable to make progress. Whichever way, home is characterized by comfort, preference, and afterwards,  progress.

However, home does not always fulfil these expectations. For example, there are people who lurk about after work, waiting till late so as to reduce contact time with their spouses. There are children who are “delivered”  from home by gracious admission to boarding houses; they do not look forward to vacation. In university days, there were those who never went home.

What makes a place home?

Love and peace.

There are many homes without wealth yet with love and peace. There are many homes without perfect health, but still with love and peace. Maybe we should ask what makes for love and peace and joy.

First, the Christian’s Bible says that love and joy and peace are produced by the Holy Spirit living in a man. He enables one to look into a rough situation and still maintain a smile of assurance.

Furthermore, we could decide to love and be joyful no matter what may come our way. Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust Survivor, says “everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms–to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.

While many situations require more than a positive attitude, many homes could have joy and peace if we would decide so. If we could make our homes peaceful and joyful, we could expect progress on more fronts.

 

 

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3 Comments
  1. Kolawole. permalink

    Welldone sir, home ultimate goal

  2. Jumoke Akinwale permalink

    God bless you my brother, more of his grace on your life.We really need to choose to have the right attitude no matter what we are going through.its a mark of absolute trust and dependence on God,and this attitude would always set God in motion to fix whatever needs to be fixed in our lives.
    This attitude also drives the devil crazy.His own target is how to steal our joy, he thrives in the midst of turmoil, anxiety, fear, worries,depression,and hopelessness.He is ever busy attacking that joy and trying to distract us.We must learn to walk with our shoulders high irrespective of the circumstances.
    We must learn to enjoy life while God is busy fixing the issues of our lives.

  3. I miss visiting this blog. I feel like I am home. Beautiful piece as always.

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