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If Walls Could Talk
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I have always loved old houses. Older houses just seem to have so much more character than the cookie cutter type models we see so much today. I love visiting historical homes and imagining the history that has taken place within the walls of a house that has been home to many different families over the years.

Sometimes in my imagination I picture the countless stories that a house could tell. Some would thrill our heart—happy times, joyful occasions, words of love and affection spoken between young lovers, the laughter of children and their funny little antics, the comfortable companionship of those who have grown old together, even great events in history dreamed, debated and carefully planned. 

Other stories though, would not be so pleasant, for in most homes, hurtful words, angry outbursts, illness and grief also make up the history encompassed there. And in some, great tragedies have played out within the walls that someone affectionately called home. Homes where terrible events have occurred can be nearly impossible to sell because many fear to live in a home with such “evil vibes” as one prospective owner put it. 

Written on the Heart

As I think about the history lived out in homes everywhere, it makes me stop and think about my own home. What stories would the walls of my house tell? I’m sad to say that not all such tales would be pleasant ones for sometimes impatient words were spoken; thoughtfulness and kindness dif not always rule. But unlike those who believe a house can harbor the negative vibes of events long past, I believe that each day is a brand new opportunity to write a new and better history in the hearts and minds of our loved ones. Those words and actions are truly written on the heart, rather than on the literal walls of our homes. 

So when you’re in the middle of a frustrating moment and tempted to respond with impatience or anger, stop and ask yourself, “Is this the story I want to write in the history of my heart and the hearts of my family?” And if there’s already some history written there that you wish you could undo, no words are better suited to introduce new chapters in your story than, “I’m sorry” and I forgive you.”

If walls could talk, what would the walls of your house have to say?
“. . . clothe yourselves yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts" (Colossians 3:12-15).

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