The temperature felt like ninety degrees in the noonday sun. If I looked closely, I saw steam radiating off the asphalt. Nearby, my mom looked confident and in control in her tennis skirt, hat, and sunglasses. I gazed at the volley of tennis balls distractedly, waiting for the moment I needed to fetch the ones that fell out of play. Everything changed when I realized my mom was talking to me.
“Do you want to hit some balls with me”, she asked. Quickly I scooped up the extra racquet and wrapped my right hand around the grip. This began my foray into the world of tennis. Time with my mom was precious. Learning how to play her favorite game was priceless.
Finding your sweet spot is a tennis player’s dream. The ball goes farther and faster and basically, you have a better chance of winning. This lesson was one my mom taught me and it has followed me through my life. I do not play tennis anymore, but I remember the sweet moments my mom and I spent together on the hot tennis court during the summer.
Reimagining home is much like finding your sweet spot. It takes what you already know about home and mixes it with all you learn as you journey through the different seasons of life. It reframes the typical ideas of home as a shelter to be so much more. Reimagining home opens the door to your heart and makes space for seeing home through the eyes of God. And when you do this work, God aligns each part so finding your sweet spot becomes a reality.
Come join me at Kate Motaung’s where I continue to reimagine home. I am incredibly honored to share my words at Kate’s today. Please follow her as she prepares to launch her book, A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging, in 2018.
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