Front Room

I’ve been doing some rearranging. I’ve had a fish tank in the recesses of my tornado shelter – the closet under the stairs. The glass box sat as a storage unit for miscellaneous fish tank parts and pieces. It still held the bright blue rocks from the last fish tank venture. No one visiting my home would have known it was hiding away. I recently decided to change that.

After researching desired water qualities for various fish, the kids and I made a project of pulling the tank out and bringing it up to the front room.  We got the filter system going and stabilized the water, then went to our local fish store to pick out the new residents.


Yep, we got a loach.  Just the name of it as it rolls off your tongue sounds like it should be disgusting. And really it is.  But that silly looking thing has brought us much entertainment as we’ve watched it wiggle its whiskers searching for the latest wafer that was dropped in the water.  It’s been a good addition to our front room.

Dr. Fred Luskin, author of several books on forgiveness, suggests that our brains are like a house. Now, I’m a woman whose brain is more like a swimming pool than it is like the slots in the mail room, but I’ll try to follow him on this one. He suggests that the things you spend the most time thinking about is what is positioned in your front room.  While there are times when things in the closet need thrown into the middle of the room so you can sort and organize, often they can be ignored for a good long time and never be missed.  Or, you might come across a treasure like my fish tank in the closet and decide it’s time to bring it out and enjoy it again. Other times you might look around your house and decide that you’ve had the spot light on something that really isn’t pretty and belongs in the closet.

That’s right. You, and only you, have the power to redecorate your house and decide what goes in the front room and what goes in the closet.  If you want to hang on to the grudge toward that person who hurt you, you have that choice. If you would prefer to have something more uplifting in your front room, you have that choice as well. No matter what bad things might have happened in your life that you had no control over, this is one thing you can control.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 (New Living Translation)

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  1. Thanks, I’ve been doing some rearranging around my house too, but I hadn’t thought of the implications. I am thankful that God does give us some control in our lives…

  2. Hmmm… never thought of things that way. I’ll have to consider what I have in my front room.


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