We have been married for 44 years come this December, and we met in ministry…
Mark 2:1 “A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.”
I was stopped in my tracks as I read this verse today. The Savior of the world had come home. I know theologically that Jesus led a life just like ours and that he lived to give us an example of how men who truly know God live. Seeing it lived out in such an ordinary way, however, was stunning to me.
As he was ministering on earth, he had chosen Capernaum as his home town. This was the home town of Peter and Andrew and it appears he often stayed at Peter’s home. From the pictures I have seen Peter’s home is very large so there would have been plenty of room to create a space for Jesus (Peter’s Rabbi) to call his own.
As I read this, I was reminded that I need a home base. I need a place I can go where the stress drops off and I can recharge. I need people in my life who are encouraging and believe that I can do what is on my heart. I need an environment that is refreshing and fun and inviting. I feel very privileged to have a home life that is working well. I would never say that every moment with my wife is awesome but Pam and I find a way to laugh every day, even when we don’t like what is going on that day. I consider my grown boys some of my best friends. I also have friends with whom I love to spend time.
As I was thinking about this, I realized why this verse jumped out at me. This is why I do what I do. This is why I write books on marriage and family. This is why I spend most weekends speaking to groups about marriage and family. Everyone needs a home base that helps them recharge. Everyone needs relationships that are encouraging. Too few people know how to get there and the desire to help them figure it out has gripped my heart.
If you have any insight into creating an environment in your home base that works, share it. Don’t keep it to yourself and don’t hide it from others. Everyone needs a place to come home.