“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”

Jane Austen

The good thing about being in the Netherlands is the change of brushing up my social life. This weekend I went to a birthday from a very special young woman. We met about two years ago and every time we see each other, I learn something from her. She just moved into her new place. The evening became a room filled with people from different places.

You know how these evenings sometimes become incredibly awkward. We’ve all been there. Yet this one was different. Everyone in this room had a sense of being at home. Being comfortable. I was wondering why. I believe it has something to do with being at home with our host.

This young woman has been inspirational from the first day I met her. I am not saying she is some sort of superhero or wonder woman. No, she is real and authentic. She invites people into her heart. She is overflowing of love for Jesus. She always has words of encouragement for you. She lifts others up.

Yesterday, I watched her in her new home and how she shared it with all her guests. That’s what inspired me to write about home. I believe it is totally okay to settle down, create a home and provide yourself with stability. For me it sometimes feels so far away and at the same time I would like nothing more in the world than to have that place of my own too. I would argue that my desire to go out into the world only emerged because I knew I would always have the comfort of home to return to.

Home is more than just a place. It’s building ground where you encourage and will be encouraged. It’s a safe place where all you need to do is to be.

I wish we would pay more attention to our families and our homes. It is the foundation in our societies. No matter where you come from, the home you were brought up in will have impacted you in ways beyond imagination. Both in positive and negative terms. No family is perfect. No home is heaven. But home should be a place where you feel safe.

I am lucky enough to have countless of these homes around the world. I hope you do to. If you don’t, it is never too late to create such a space for yourself and then share it with anyone in need of a home. I promise you, it’s worth it.