Ask twelve people to define ‘home,’ and you will get twelve very different answers.




Shucks, I probably even have twelve different definitions of my own when it comes to my personal perception of home.

There are my childhood memories of home,

my attempts to establish a home away from home as a new bride,

the current state of chaos that my kids refer to as home …

No two brushstrokes are painted the same on the canvas of my mind when considering the meaning packed into this four-letter word.

It’s relative, isn’t it?  This notion of ‘home.’

So what ‘defines’ home for you?

Is it a specific structure, a farmhouse that has been in the family for generations?


Is it a region, a broader area like the East Coast of the U.S. or the Eastern Cape of South Africa that encompasses ‘home’?

Sweet Home Alabama

Or, like the Church, is it not about the building at all, but about the people?


Are you one who is able to uproot and replant just about anywhere, and still call it ‘home’ because of the loved ones who surround you?

This is Day 1 of the series, ‘Defining Home in 31 Days.’  Tune in tomorrow for my personal ‘definition’ of home …

Photo credits: Jim Bowen (apartments)  Jeff Marks (farmhouse); Richard Bitting (Sweet Home Alabama); The National Guard (military photo)