Understanding the Fact That Your Home is Not Your “Home Home”

The place you grew up, the first house you purchase, and where you'll send most of your life is not your "home home" here's what this means for Christians.

Understanding the Fact That Your Home is Not Your Home Home

When I left my home after high school to move to college I in effect made a new place for myself in Knoxville, TN for a few years. I remember that after a year or so I started to use the word “home” in my language when talking about where I lived in Knoxville. When I would leave from campus and people would ask me where I was going, my response would simply be, “I’m going home.”

Everyone knew what I was talking about and there was no confusion.

But when I would leave for vacation and go back to South Carolina (where I grew up), I knew I couldn’t use the same word to describe where I was going.  So the place where I grew up and have the most connection to is referred to as “Home Home.”

Your Home
A picture (of a picture) of the home I grew up in.

As much as I love Knoxville, it didn’t have the love of my immediate family. That is, until my little sister showed up 3 years later. It didn’t have the history and knowledge of who I was as a child. It also didn’t have the love that I had known from a church family and friends for so long. There were plenty of wonderful things about Knoxville, and I made some of my best friends there, who loved me and supported me then and even to the present day. It was a great place to live.

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But it wasn’t “Home Home.”

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” – 2 Corinthians 5:1

The point here is not that you should never leave your home… If you know me at all, you know I am a big believer in actually leaving the original place your grew up. Getting out and experiencing something new and creating a new home. The point is simply that I had to differentiate the two “homes” that I had.

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” – Philippians 3:20-21

Similarly we are living now with two “homes,” Earth and Heaven.  While we are here our earthy mind and body call Earth home. We all should live with a hope and joy that this is not our Home. Our body is built for earth, but our soul is built for eternity in Heaven.  We only have a limited amount of time that God has given us to use both at the same time. Make an impact before you are called “Home.”

Question from Charles Hamrick, the author.

What are your thoughts about your "home home" after reading this post?

Written by Charles Hamrick

I am very simply a follower of Christ.  While here, I enjoy the passions that God has given me that include my family, friends, church, sports (specializing in golf), traveling and simply experiencing God's creation to the fullest.  I additionally have a passion for writing and sharing what God is speaking to me on a constant basis.  I love the fact that our creator chooses to use the least of us to communicate His heart to others.

4 thoughts on “Understanding the Fact That Your Home is Not Your “Home Home”

  1. As an immigrant I share the same idea of home, then home home. Thank you for the reminder that even my country of birth is not my home. Our citizenship is in heaven.

  2. Love this post. Such a powerful reminder and it really keeps things in perspective. It makes it easier to give and not keep for myself. Thanks for this!

  3. I’m so thankful I/we don’t have to call the earth the way it is now as home home!

    Good post Charles.

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