Home Sweet Home - A Reason for this Season

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Why God may have me here at this moment in time...

Submitted: April 22, 2008

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HOME SWEET HOME By Barb Allen

A Reason for This Season

 

So, you may know from a previous entry that our family of four just became a party of five with the addition of a 17-year-old girl named Alli from Germany. She is our first-ever foreign exchange student. Previously, I eluded to the fact that we had our reasons for quickly bringing this new member into our family, albeit temporarily. A year is still a long time to have someone in your home that doesn’t really belong there.

 

I have to ask you. Have you ever made a commitment to yourself, maybe to your spouse or kids, or maybe even to God, and then found it quite difficult to make the changes stick in that area? Old habits die hard, right? That’s what we all tell ourselves. Though many reasons can exist for this failure to grasp lasting change, I believe that at least for me, one of those reasons is a lack of accountability. No matter who is in your life, the ones that are in your home, are the hardest ones to appreciate on a day-in-day-out basis. I know they are the ones that I am to treat and adore above all others and yet, that is the struggle we all face, is it not?

 

I just know that for me, Alli is sort of a gift from God to me. The gift of a year-long built-in accountability for the changes I am making in my roles as wife, mom, and daughter. Having someone at every meal, sharing the daily grind, there is no “safe place” to behave in ways less than I would allow myself to act in front of friends. I’m just being gut-level honest. Is anyone willing to admit with me that we all put on a little bit of a show for others? Or maybe it’s not a  show at all. Maybe it really is possible to be that person that you want to be for 8 hours a day, or maybe even 10 hours a day, but when the going gets tough and it’s just you and the family inside the four walls of the safe place, isn’t it a little harder? Or maybe a lot harder?

 

Have you ever seen one of those shows where some British nanny comes and lives with a family for a week and follows them around telling them every way that they are falling short of par in their family life? Now, THAT is accountability! And I have to be honest, I don’t think (I sure hope) I need that much. But along those lines, having someone who is not your blood relative live with you makes you really super-aware of every part of your life. In my case, this someone is a young impressionable girl visiting from a foreign land to see what life in America is really all about… so I have to ask myself, do I really want to send her home with the impression that I might have made if she’d shown up with a hidden camera on week 3 of the month? No, of course not. I don’t even want to see that!

 

So, that’s reason #1 for me. Alli is accountability. God is at work. As always.


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